Helping immigrants with nursing training & credentials in Canada

Canada is facing a significant shortage of nurses, brought on by a rapidly aging workforce and added strain on the Canadian health care system.

What makes a Windmill loan unique?

Our loans offer two years of interest-only payments and up to three years of
principal + interest payments depending on the length of your career plan.

Loans up to $15,000

Fixed low-interest rate
as low as 6.7%

Zero loan processing fees

Success coaching support and mentorship program

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More than just a loan

As a Windmill client, you benefit from a range of services, at no additional cost!

One-on-one coaching to support you on your career path

Career and educational resource supports

Financial planning and budgeting tools

The Windmill Mentorship Program

Exclusive access to our Community Success Hub

How to become a nurse in Canada with an affordable loan from Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending can provide the financial support you need to pay for the costs of the nursing licensure process including education assessments, nursing bridge programs, qualifying exam fees and exam preparation courses in Canada.

How Windmill Microlending can help you achieve your Canadian nursing career goals

Windmill is a Canadian charity offering skilled immigrants and refugees affordable loans to help you achieve career success. We support newcomers 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.

Our impact on our clients

Over 3x

Growth in income

Newcomers take on low-income jobs to survive. Windmill helps our clients return to their trained profession to boost their income by over 3 times.


Historical repayment rate

Our affordable loans and repayment structure support clients like you. The impressive rate of repayment showcases our client's determination and the impact of their success.


Decrease in unemployment

As our borrowers take their next steps, employment opportunities soar upon loan repayment, marking the start of a remarkable journey and booming economy.

Map your pathway to becoming a nurse

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is the first and most critical stop on an internationally-educated nurse’s (IEN) journey to become licensed to work in Canada. Those looking to work in Quebec must apply to that province’s nursing regulatory body, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ). Download your education pathway for nurses today.

Here are some of the clients who benefited from a Windmill loan

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

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 Ontario, Trupti 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 hours, she 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.”



Additional links and resources

Helpful information to support newcomer nurses on their career success journey in Canada.