My situation is somewhat similar to yours. I studied in the US and i then applied to Ontario for RPN because rumour had it that i wouldnt get RN status there. The rumours were correct! After waiting 14 weeks for them to assess my application, Ontario issued me RPN status and i will be writing the exam next month :) Needless to say, i wasnt entirely pleased with their decision as i studied hard to be an RN in the United States NOT an RPN!!!
I ended up appliying to Alberta and quickly after Saskatchewan because i heard that they are not as closed minded as Ontario. Alberta has asked that i do a SEC assessment next month and if i am weak in different areas of nursing they will offer me remedial eduacation which means i would have to go there and take classes i believe i will need to pay for it but the sec asessment is free. These classes will not be as near as long as what Ontario expects which would be a bridging program that can take up to three years to complete!!! I have accomodations in Alberta so i will only need to pay for my plane ticket :) thank God! After doing the remedial education (if Alberta feels i need it according to my SEC results) i will have to work as a graduate RN for 225 hours there and then i will have eligibility to upgrade to RN and write the CRNE :) WITHOUT ANY SILLY BRIDGING PROGRAM WHICH WOULD TAKE TWO TO THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE IN ONTARIO!!!! At least Alberta and Saskatchwan gives you an opportunity to prove to them that you are competent unlike ONTARIO (which is where i am born and raised!!!) The reason why i applied to Saskatchewan is because i heard that there may be a boom coming just as the one Alberta experienced a while ago. Im assuming there will be a great need for RN's therefore i am preparing now...im only assuming so dont take my word for it--i dont know anyone there and have never been there! Saskatchewan is STILL assessing files from last June of 2009!!!!! So it will be at least another 6 months before my application makes it into the hands of any of their assessors...
Hope i was helpful...it's a tedious process but i am doing it because i wont settle as an RPN in MY OWN PROVINCE when i worked soooo hard to achieve my RN LICENCE!!!