Financial Support

Financial Support

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

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.

Marie Marques Certification Award

CNA is pleased to announce the Marie Marques Certification Award, which will be established to provide financial assistance to nurses in Canada pursuing CNA certification in any area of specialty. This award recognizes Marie’s leadership and dedication in the field of nursing and her passion for certification.

CNA will encourage nurses to apply for the award after it is fully established. The award will reimburse the fees (excluding taxes and test centre fee) for a certification exam or a certification renewal by exam or continuous learning.

CNA’s partner, CNF, will administer this merit-based award in perpetuity. The award will be funded through an endowed gift fund that can be contributed to at any time.

Individuals and organizations interested in making a contribution to the Marie Marques Certification Award in support of nursing certification can visit CNF’s website or contact Chris McGarvey, CNF’s director of development, at or 613-680-0879, ext. 223.


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.