CNPS Supplementary Protection. Plan ahead.

As a nurse, you hope to never receive a complaint about your care. If you plan ahead and register for Supplementary Protection, you could also be eligible for CNPS assistance in the event of a College complaint.

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What does CNPS Supplementary Protection include?

CNPS beneficiaries who are currently eligible for core services, which include professional liability protection, now have the option to register for Supplementary Protection that generally includes

  • Legal 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 legal assistance from CNPS in the course of the investigation of a complaint to your regulatory body (before any referral to a Disciplinary or Fitness-to-Practice Committee) as long as you held a valid license, permit, or registration to practice nursing in the Canadian province or territory where the occurrence took place and were registered for CNPS Supplementary Protection when you provided the nursing services. This legal assistance is discretionary and will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Legal 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-Practice 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-practice 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.


CNPS Supplementary Protection does not apply 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 does not act as a source of funding in excess to another provider of assistance with complaints to a regulatory body, or an appeal or judicial review of a regulatory matter. For greater certainty, legal assistance available through the CNPS Supplementary Protection does not pay for expenses such as: medical or any other professional assessments; remedies imposed on or agreed to by the nurse; courses or training; personal expenses; and costs ordered against the nurse unless expressly included in a policy of insurance.

How much does Supplementary Protection cost?

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

Registering for CNPS Supplementary Protection

To register for CNPS Supplementary Protection, please answer the following questions:

Q. What is the primary province or territory of your nursing practice?

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