What makes us different?
Comprehensive legal support
The CNPS offers comprehensive legal support to help you navigate the broad range of legal issues that can arise in your practice. We can typically extend assistance in different types of legal proceedings, from claims and civil proceedings, to human rights complaints, investigations under privacy legislation, child protection legislation, protection of persons in care legislation, inquests, public inquiries and witness appearances. CNPS protection also generally extends to allegations of breach of privacy, abuse, defamation, which are often excluded from commercial professional liability coverage.
Duration of protection
CNPS core services are occurrence-based, which means that there is no time limit on the protection we provide. If a claim arises from care you provided while you were a CNPS beneficiary and you were duly licensed at the time, you are generally eligible for CNPS assistance in the normal course no matter when the claim is commenced. What are the different models of protection?
Assistance and oversight every step of the way
When we extend assistance, we will generally provide funding and oversee your legal defence from the moment we arrange for your legal representation, whether it is in the context of a civil proceeding, a criminal prosecution* or other forms of legal proceedings.
Confidential legal advice
CNPS beneficiaries may request legal advice and assistance at any time. Communications with CNPS legal counsel are protected by solicitor-client privilege, and CNPS legal counsel have experience in litigation and/or health law.
Risk management education
The CNPS provides a wide range of group workshops, webinars and online resources designed to reduce risk in your practice and help promote patient safety.
Individual pan-Canadian protection
The CNPS offers individual professional liability protection that will generally respond to claims commenced anywhere in Canada and satisfies all regulatory requirements. There is no group or shared limit of protection.
Our discretionary assistance is a unique and flexible approach to providing professional liability protection, modeled on the professional liability protection relied upon by Canadian physicians for more than a hundred years. The CNPS is not an insurance company. It considers each request for assistance on an individual basis. This allows the CNPS to effectively provide professional liability protection and respond to a wide range of other circumstances, including, but not limited to, the legal circumstances listed at cnps.ca/services.
The CNPS is a legal support system for nurses and a recognized leader in providing professional liability protection. Created as a not-for profit society in 1988, the CNPS does not profit financially from the fees it receives. All resources are dedicated to providing legal support to the nursing profession.
* As an exception to its usual practice, the CNPS will generally decline to provide assistance in a criminal prosecution where the beneficiary has previously been convicted of a criminal offence related to the practice of nursing. In this case, the beneficiary would remain eligible to seek assistance of the CNPS at the conclusion of the proceedings if all charges have been successfully defended.