CNPS Supplementary Protection

The CNPS offers supplementary protection to its beneficiaries so that they may be eligible for assistance with regulatory matters (College complaints). CNPS Supplementary Protection is optional and available for an additional fee.

CNPS Supplementary Protection generally includes access to the following:

  1. Assistance with regulatory matters regarding your nursing care ("College complaints"): This assistance is made available on an occurrence basis. This means that by registering for CNPS Supplementary Protection, you will remain eligible for CNPS assistance in the course of the investigation of a complaint to your regulatory body (before any referral to a Disciplinary or Fitness-to-Practise Committee) as long as you were duly authorized to practise nursing and were registered for CNPS Supplementary Protection when you provided the nursing services. Assistance is discretionary and will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

  2. Assistance with disciplinary and fitness-to-practise hearings: This assistance extends to complaints for which you have received assistance from the CNPS and that have been formally referred to a Disciplinary Committee, Board of Inquiry, Fitness-to-Practise Committee or other equivalent tribunal for determination. It is made available through a partnership with an insurer, on a claims-made basis. It will provide you with coverage for disciplinary or fitness-to-practise legal expenses (up to $50,000 per year), regarding complaints referred for a hearing and resulting from nursing services you provide while you are registered for CNPS Supplementary Protection.


IMPORTANT: CNPS Supplementary Protection does not extend to regulatory matters (College complaints) that have been initiated at the time of the application for Supplementary Protection or that result from nursing services provided on the date of or before the application for Supplementary Protection.

CNPS Supplementary Protection Annual Fee

The annual fee for CNPS Supplementary Protection is $85 plus applicable taxes (GST/HST).

How do I register for CNPS Supplementary Protection?

To register, complete this form and send it to the CNPS using one of the following methods:


Canadian Nurses Protective Society
1545 Carling Avenue, Suite 510

Ottawa ON  K1Z 8P9

Fax: 613-237-6300

Once the CNPS receives your application, you will be contacted to arrange for payment. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for processing.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our registration team at 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677). Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time, except on statutory holidays.

Please note the following:

Newfoundland: Members of ARNNL can register for CNPS Supplementary Protection at the time of their licence registration or renewal on the ARNNL portal. If you have already completed your licence registration or renewal on the ARNNL portal for the current membership year but wish to add Supplementary Protection, please complete this application form and send it to the CNPS using one of the methods mentioned above. For ARNNL members, CNPS Supplementary Protection will align with the ARNNL membership year and will be effective from April 1 to March 31st.

Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec: Registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec who register individually for CNPS protection on the CNPS website will be presented with the option to register for Supplementary Protection during the registration process. To avoid any gap in protection, you must renew CNPS Supplementary Protection every year before January 1. If you have already registered for CNPS core services for the current membership year but wish to add Supplementary Protection, please complete this application form and send it to the CNPS using one of the methods mentioned above.


About CNPS – The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS®) is a not-for-profit society that offers legal advice, risk-management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection related to nursing practice in Canada to more than 130,000 eligible registered nurses and nurse practitioners.