CNPS has compiled the following Q&A regarding the 2022 Fee Requirement Notice. Should you have any additional questions, please contact us.
The fee increase reflects a number of factors directly related to the legal impacts arising from COVID-19. Any circumstance where there has been loss of life can be expected to lead to legal review, whether this takes the form of claims for financial compensation, public inquiries or other legal proceedings.
We are also mindful that the pandemic has led to new policies and procedures and/or delays in care due to measures that have been put in place to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, such as the reliance on virtual care, phone consultations, decisions to delay appointments and treatments, and the re-deployment of nursing staff to new settings and functions.
The 2022 fee requirement for an RN or RPN will be $68.00 + applicable taxes annually, which represents an increase of $20.00 over the 2021 fee requirement.
The 2022 fee requirement for an NP will remain unchanged at $159.50 + applicable taxes. The CNPS will, for the time being, re-allocate a portion of the recent 2021 increase of $74.00 to COVID-related needs.
This fee increase applies to RNs and RPNs across Canada who are members of a CNPS member organization or designated beneficiary group that is listed here.
This fee increase will be in effect for the upcoming 2022 licensure year.
The CNPS is a not-for-profit organization and fees are set on a cost-recovery basis. Fees collected by the CNPS are used to support the provision of services to beneficiaries. If the costs of these services ultimately prove to be less than the sums collected, unused amounts will be used to subsidize the cost of services in subsequent years.
In addition to the legal or regulatory requirement for professional liability protection (PLP) that exists in most jurisdictions, there are several reasons why nurses who work as employees may require access to CNPS services:
- In some cases, liability protection provided by an employer may not be sufficient to cover a claim. There is no minimum legal requirement for PLP. The amount of PLP held by employers may vary from one to the other.
- Employer PLP is generally limited to nursing activities conducted within the scope of your employment. Nurses still require professional liability protection should they volunteer as a nurse, choose to work in independent practice or for an employer who does not provide an adequate level of PLP.
- Employer PLP typically does not extend to certain claims that nurses may face, such as allegations of breach of privacy, abuse, sexual impropriety, or defamation.
- An employer who closes its doors may not maintain a policy of insurance in force for its employees, and claims can arise several years after nursing services have been rendered.
- Nurses may wish to obtain advice on a personal basis, where only their individual interests matter. CNPS legal advisors provide personal, individual advice based on your personal circumstances.
- Employer liability protection generally extends to civil proceedings (lawsuits) arising from professional practice. There are many other circumstances in which a nurse may need legal representation or legal support, which fall within the scope of CNPS assistance: police inquiries, criminal prosecutions, human rights complaints, failure to comply with legislative requirement under child protection, persons in care, motor vehicle or privacy legislation, requests to act as a witness, coroner’s inquest and public inquiries, participation in medical assistance in dying.
Most regulators require that nurses pay the CNPS fee along with their licensure fees to ensure that all their registrants have professional liability protection, as is legally required.
Nurses paying for CNPS membership in multiple jurisdictions may be eligible for a refund. If eligible, the refund will be automatically paid to the registrant by the CNPS. We endeavor to complete these refunds on or before August 1st of each year.
The majority of the increase will be invested with the goal of generating sufficient revenues to pay claims and provide the legal representation in connection with the legal proceedings that are expected to arise from COVID-related claims. This means that our beneficiaries will pay less to cover the cost of claims than if the fee was collected only when the claims need to be paid.
- Contact the CNPS for early advice or assistance if you have any questions regarding your legal obligations or potential risk management strategies in specific circumstances.
- Follow public health directives and guidelines.
- If you are contemplating signing a contract to provide nursing services in connection with COVID-19, please contact us to review your contract in advance of signing it.
- If you are working in an unfamiliar setting or circumstances, notify your manager or employer of the extent of your relevant experience.