this is the response i got from CNO regarding my IELTS inquiry:
hi baby gurl!
hope your queries will be answered coz we do have the same concerns. i'm planning to send the assessment package to CNO by 2011, but my IELTS was done august 2009. will they still consider my IELTS? it's the academic category and got an over-all score of 7 (8-listening,8-reading,7-writing and 7.5-speaking)
Thank you for your e-mail,
That is correct, the Verification of Registration and Verification of Employment forms are not included in the initial assessment package, these forms will be mailed to you at a later time.
The CNO accepts both Academic and General categories for IELTS, accepted scores are: 6.5 over all (Writing, Reading, Listening) and 7.0 in Spoken. The CNO does not have an expiry date for fluency tests. Fluency is not a requirement to take the national exam but it will be required to obtain your nursing license in Ontario. If you have already completed the fluency test and would like it evaluated by the CNO please request the testing centre to mail your results directly to the CNO.
If you have any further questions, please contact us either by e-mail at cno @ cnomail.org, by phone at (416)928-0900, 1-800-387-5526 (toll-free in Ontario) or visit our office at 101 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 3P1.