A Message to NPAO Members Regarding Professional Liability Protection


Dear NPAO Member,

As fall approaches, the CNPS recognizes that renewing your professional liability protection (PLP) is top of mind for NPAO members. The CNPS is pleased to provide you with professional liability protection and the full range of CNPS services available to nurse practitioners.

NPAO members should ensure that they renew their professional liability protection before October 31, 2017 to seamlessly maintain their eligibility for CNPS services.

To renew your PLP for 2017-2018, complete the online CNPS registration any time after October 1.

Renewing by the deadline means that you will continue to have access to the full range of CNPS services we offer to more than 130,000 registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP) beneficiaries across Canada, including:

  • Legal advice from our experienced legal team
  • Assistance with legal proceedings including
    • Claims and civil proceedings
    • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
    • Statutory offences (investigations under legislation for the protection of human rights, protection of persons in care, personal health information, etc.)
    • Witness appearances
  • Risk management and education

You will continue to be eligible for CNPS professional liability protection and legal assistance, throughout your nursing career and retirement, if a claim is brought against you as a result of professional nursing services you provided while you were registered as a CNPS beneficiary. Continuity is a hallmark of CNPS services.

Why do I have to renew personally?

NPAO has decided that to be able to continue to effectively advocate on behalf of its members, it can no longer subsidize the cost of professional liability protection for its members beyond October 31, 2017.

How much will it cost?

The CNPS fee for NPs payable at renewal will be $330 plus applicable taxes. The fee for RNs (NP students) will be $115 plus applicable taxes.

The CNPS is an organization specializing in legal defence and risk management. Our in-house legal team – your legal team – oversees your legal representation, when needed, and provides you day-to-day legal support and risk-management services. We provide discretionary assistance, and we use that discretion to extend assistance in a wide variety of circumstances in which your professional integrity may be challenged. You also remain eligible for assistance long after you have provided professional services.

The CNPS is a leading provider of professional liability protection for eligible nurses in Canada. When it comes to professional liability protection and legal services, the fine print matters. If you have any questions, we would be happy to speak with you about CNPS services.

What if I don’t renew in time?

We know you’ll do everything you can to avoid an adverse event, but sometimes a claim or a legal problem occurs despite best intentions or efforts. Why take the chance of letting your CNPS protection lapse, leaving you with the possibility of facing a claim for millions of dollars on your own? The College of Nurses of Ontario also requires PLP as a condition of practice. This means that in case of a gap in protection, you could also face disciplinary action by the College.

Will the CNPS assist me with College complaints?

Although assistance with complaints to your nursing regulatory body is not included in our CNPS core services, CNPS beneficiaries can become eligible for assistance with College complaints and disciplinary hearings by registering for CNPS Supplementary Protection at the time of renewal.

Am I still protected for care I provided this year?

Ontario NPs and NP students registered as NPAO members during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 membership years have already been registered with the CNPS as beneficiaries. This means that if you have been an NPAO member during any of these membership years, you will continue to be eligible for CNPS professional liability protection, throughout your nursing career and retirement, if a claim is brought against you as a result of professional nursing services you provided while you were an NPAO member during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 membership years. This continuity is one of the benefits of being a CNPS beneficiary.

For more information, visit www.cnps.ca or call 1-844-4MY-CNPS or 1-844-469-2677. Our offices are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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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 eligible registered nurses and nurse practitioners. For more information about CNPS services and benefits, contact CNPS at 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677) or visit www.cnps.ca.

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