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Financial Support

Below you will find a few suggestions and opportunities for potential funding to cover the costs of certification.


You may want to look into the possibility of financial support from your hospital or employer. If your employer is funding your certification (in full or in part), be sure to submit the total amount with your online application.

Each year, CNA gives a health-care facility the Employer Recognition Award for showing exemplary, sustained support of the certification program and CNA-certified registered nurses. Learn more about eligibility details, past winners and how you can nominate your employer.

Please note: Financial incentives are also available for employers.

Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF)

CNF awards specialty certification bursaries to successful candidates. The bursaries cover the cost of the initial or renewal certification application fee. Visit the CNF website or call 1-844-204-0124.


Your provincial or territorial government may have funds available for nurses involved in continuous learning, certification or both. For more information, visit your province or territory’s government website or contact its chief nursing officer or nursing regulatory body.

National nursing specialty association

Some national specialty associations offer funds for nurse members pursuing initial certification or renewal. For more information, visit your national nursing specialty association website.

Specialty association membership discount

SAVE 20% on your initial or renewal application fees if you are a member of either of the following:

  • A national specialty association (discount cannot be applied to rewrite applications.) Contact your association to obtain a discount voucher.
  • Ontario’s gerontological nursing special interest group, GNSIG/GNAO [PDF, 501.5 KB].

RPN gerontology exam grant

Members of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) who achieve gerontology certification can receive grants toward the cost of the certification application fee. Other grants are available to RPNAO members who hold a CNA membership. Read more [PDF, 501.5 KB].