Ontario “As of Right” Announcement. What does this mean for CNPS beneficiaries?
January 27, 2023
On January 19, 2023, the Ontario Government announced that there is a plan to “introduce legislative changes in February 2023 that, if passed, will allow Canadian health care workers that are already registered or licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction to practice in Ontario immediately, without having to first register with one of Ontario’s health regulatory colleges.” (Government of Ontario)
As of now, there have been no legislative changes, and to practice nursing in Ontario you must hold a valid license to practice with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Although CNPS professional liability protection (PLP) is portable across all Canadian provinces and territories, to remain eligible for assistance, CNPS beneficiaries should keep in mind that eligibility for PLP is generally dependent on meeting registration requirements in the jurisdiction where you are practising. It is therefore important to verify that you are meeting all registration requirements before practicing in a new jurisdiction. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or by calling 1-800-267-3390.
View the complete announcement from the Government of Ontario here.
College of Registered Nurses of Alberta to transfer CNPS jurisdictional membership to the Alberta Association of Nurses
June 27, 2022
In August of 2020, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) began the work of divesting itself of association functions and moving towards a single mandate. In December 2020, with the adoption of the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, this became a legal requirement. As such, while the CRNA will continue to mandate that the professional liability requirement set forth by the Health Professions Act and the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation continue to be fulfilled through registration with the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS), it can no longer maintain its membership in the CNPS or collect CNPS fees as part of your CRNA registration. Accordingly, the provincial membership will be transferred to the Association of Alberta Nurses (AAN) effective for the CRNA’s Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 30, 2023, practice year.
BC College to transition CNPS jurisdictional membership to the provincial nursing association
October 26, 2020
On September 1, 2020, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) was established and became Canada’s first combined regulator of nurses and midwives. As such, in an effort to continue to focus on their regulatory work and create alignment between the professions they regulate, BCCNM has decided to transfer the CNPS jurisdictional membership to the provincial nursing association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), effective March 1, 2021.
COVID-19 Resource Hub
The CNPS has created a series of articles based on the most commonly asked questions we have received over the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada. Please keep in mind, CNPS legal counsel are available during this time to assist with more detailed questions. Beneficiaries can call at 1-800-267-3390 for personalized legal advice.