Everything that I have read on any of the Colleges' websites on this subject indicate that the exam will not be the same NCLEX that is written in the US. The exam will be developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in consultation with experts and practicing Canadian nurses to reflect Canadian educational and practice standards, Canadian health care system constructs, Canadian attitudes related to health and those aspects unique to Canadian health care consumers. NCSBN was selected to develop the exam for Canadian candidates over other tenders because they have the ability to adapt the framework of their exam to provide whatever the customer (the regulatory bodies of each province) wants, they have the infrastructure already in place and they could be up and running more quickly than the others. As the CRRNS states, NCBSN meets the Colleges' criteria: "to provide a legally defensible, credible and accessible exam that will reliably test Canadian entry-level nursing competencies, assess candidates’ readiness for practise in Canada, and provide an opportunity for Canadian regulatory bodies to partner in a global vision that recognizes the increased labour mobility of registered nurses. ... NCSBN is committed to ensuring that stakeholder input contributes to the integrity of its exams". (Emphasis is mine.) The website goes on to say that the 10 Canadian regulatory bodies will oversee the development of the exam and will collaborate in its administration. Of prime importance to the Canadian regulators is ensuring RN candidates meet the entry-to-practice competencies and are qualified to provide safe and ethical care in Canada. Before launching the new RN entry exam, in 2015, Canadian regulatory bodies will ensure that: the exam assesses entry-level practice competencies for Canadian nursing practice (e.g., by conducting a thorough review of RN practise and entry-level competencies in Canada); Canadian nurses have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the exam’s development and Canadian nurses will form expert panels to conduct sensitivity and translation reviews of the exam.
Of course there will be some overlap of the two exams... anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology and diagnostics are pretty similar on both sides of the border. But there will be two completely separate exams. At some date in the middle-distant future there may be reciprocity but it won't be in 2015.