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CARE Centre History

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) was created in 2001 to address a major gap in Ontario’s healthcare human resources strategy.

RESPECT, HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, PROFESSIONALISM, CONFIDENTIALITY, TEAMWORK, COMPASSION​

Using these values as a framework we are committed to providing exemplary service in all program areas to assist internationally educated nurses to enter the nursing profession in Ontario.  We value each of our members and will strive to consistently maintain high standards of support services. CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) was created in 2001 to address a major gap in Ontario’s healthcare human resources strategy. Nurses comprise the largest employee group in the sector and there are frequent, cyclical staffing shortages.

The founding committee included representatives from WoodGreen Community Services, Kababayan Community Services, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. The group’s early feasibility work was supported with a grant from the Maytree Foundation and had the backing of the nursing regulatory body – the College of Nurses of Ontario, professional associations, the provincial nursing union and the Ontario Nursing Secretariat. CARE Centre engaged the first of multiple educational partners in George Brown College, with whom the Nursing in Ontario curriculum developed and is now delivered in nursing programs across the province.

Since that time, many similar programs have been developed based on the CARE Centre model for other regulated professions. Prior to the creation of CARE Centre, IENs faced many challenges in returning to their profession, gaining employment, successfully integrating into the Ontario healthcare workplace and excelling in their careers. CARE Centre has both assisted individual IENs in achieving registration and returning to active practice, and effected systemic change. With growing demand for long-term and community care for an increasingly diverse and aging Ontario population, the organization’s member IENs have a distinct and important role to play in the province’s immigration and healthcare human resource strategies.

COMING TO CANADA

The Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is a program of CARE Centre. PASS helps pre-arrival IENs in their countries of residence who are planning immigration to Canada.

LIVING IN ONTARIO

The Supports, Training, and Access to Regulated-employment Services program (STARS) provides IENs with one-on-one case management, language and communication training, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession.

BECOME A MEMBER

As a CARE centre member, you have access to our Supports Training & Access to Regulated-employment Services (STARS) program. This program supports Internationally Educated Nurses who have decided to settle in the province of Ontario.

The Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The Supports, Training, and Access to Regulated-employment Services program (STARS) is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Ontario.

CARE Centre for International Nurses

365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1901,
Toronto, ON M4W 3L4
(416) 226-2800

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