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Helping immigrants with loans for nursing training, credentials and National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) in Canada

Nursing Windmill Microlending

Are you an internationally-educated immigrant looking to continue your career as a registered nurse in Canada? Windmill Microlending can help you afford the related costs of assessment, training, licensing exams, supplies and even a living allowance during a period of study. Our low-interest loans for nursing training and reaccreditation have assisted numerous skilled immigrants in achieving career success.

We offer affordable loans of up to $15,000 to help you get the nursing training and credentials you need.

Take our two-minute eligibility quiz to see if you’re eligible for an affordable loan.

A loan from Windmill sets our nursing clients on the road to success

On average, our clients in the nursing field increase their income by 2.2x

79% of our nursing clients are employed in their field by the time their loan is repaid.

To date, Windmill has approved loans for newcomers in the field of nursing.

Support for licensing and training for all types of nursing

We have supported immigrants and refugees seeking to license as registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered practical nurses (RPN).

We also assist nurses in qualifying for alternative careers, for example, as nurse aide.

How Windmill Microlending can help you

Windmill Microlending is a Canadian non-profit serving immigrants and refugees in Canada since 2005. We believe all Canadians benefit when newcomers have the opportunity to use their skills and experience and realize their economic potential.

We understand the unique needs and challenges of immigrant nurses and work alongside our clients to help them succeed.

We offer low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help you get the credentials you need. You must be born outside of Canada and currently living in Canada as a permanent resident, provincial nominee, protected person, convention refugee or Canadian citizen

Map the pathway to become a nurse

If you are an internationally-trained nurse, you will need to be licensed in order to work. In most Canadian provinces, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is responsible for credentials verification of these professionals, who wish to work in this country. Download Windmill’s Internationally-Trained Nurses Educational Pathway to learn more about the steps you can take to do this kind of work in Canada.

Nursing Case Study

Nurse Trupti

With ten years into a successful nursing career in India, Trupti decided to move to Canada in 2012. She was looking for a better future for her family and the opportunity to advance in her profession.  

However, Trupti soon realized that she couldn’t find a job as a nurse without a Canadian license. After finishing the process with the College of Nurses of OntarioTrupti got her RPN eligibility. But to receive her designation, she needed to complete additional courses and practical hours.  

A Windmill loan helped Trupti cover the cost of courses and textbooks, and in 2016, after completing 14 courses and 400 practical hoursshe received her RPN license. 

“I couldn’t afford to pay for my courses. Windmill offered me the support I needed and helped me organize my career goals.”

Further Information

  • The assessment and licensing process for nurses can be quite lengthy. Assessment is through the NNAS and can be started before arriving in Canada.
  • Canadian occupational profile for nursesfrom the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Statistics as of March 31, 2022. Income data is based only on those who have completed their Career Success Plan and paid their loan in full.