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Who is eligible for CNPS?

Nurses who are eligible for CNPS services and legal assistance are referred to as “beneficiaries” of the CNPS. For more information, visit Who is Eligible.

Registered Nurses (NPs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

RNs and NPs who have a valid licence or registration to practise nursing in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba1, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan or Yukon are already eligible for CNPS services as a benefit of their provincial or territorial membership in a CNPS member organization. 

RNs and NPs who have a valid licence or registration to practise nursing in Ontario, Quebec2 or Manitoba can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs)

RPNs in British Columbia automatically become CNPS benefiaries when registering with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals.

RPNs in Manitoba will be automatically extended CNPS beneficiary status effective January 1, 2020. Manitoba RPNs will therefore be able to access CNPS core services to the same extent as existing CNPS beneficiaries as of that date. If you are a Manitoba RPN and require more information, please consult https://cnps.ca/CRPNM_FAQ.

Efforts are currently underway to extend beneficiary status to members of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) effective November 1, 2019. If you are an RPN practising in Saskatchewan and require more information, please contact RPNAS; if you require professional liability protection prior to November 1st 2019, please contact the CNPS.

RPNs who have a valid license or registration to practice nursing in Alberta or Yukon can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs in all provinces and territories can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

Notes:

  1. Manitoba RNs and NPs are required to be CNPS beneficiaries. Manitoba nurses can maintain their CNPS beneficiary status by joining the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM) or becoming an individual beneficiary of CNPS. 
  2. Ontario and Quebec RNs and NPs who register for CNPS protection with CNA membership are also eligible for CNPS services.

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Fees

Type Period RN / LPN / RPN
NP
Individual Beneficiary Today - Dec 31, 2020 $143.75 $412.50
Individual Beneficiary Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020 $115 $330
Supplementary Protection Today - Dec 31, 2020 $163 $163
Supplementary Protection Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020 $105 $105
Note: Fees are subject to applicable sales taxes (GST/HST)


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Ontario Nurses

Ontario RNs, NPs and RPNs can access CNPS protection and services by becoming an individual beneficiary of the CNPS. Ontario RNs and NPs who register for CNPS protection with their CNA membership are also eligible for CNPS protection and services.

Note: Ontario nurses who were NPAO members during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 membership years were registered as CNPS beneficiaries and continue to be eligible for occurrence-based protection during those membership years.

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Manitoba Nurses

RNs and NPs in Manitoba are required to be CNPS beneficiaries. Manitoba nurses can maintain their CNPS beneficiary status by joining ARNM at the preferred CNPS member rate, or by becoming an individual beneficiary of the CNPS. Membership with ARNM includes CNPS professional liability protection at the preferred CNPS member rate in addition to a range of benefits and services designed for Manitoba nurses. For more information, please visit www.arnm.ca.

Your options include:

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Quebec Nurses

Quebec nurses can access CNPS protection and services by becoming an individual beneficiary of the CNPS.  Quebec RNs and NPs who register for CNPS protection with their CNA membership are also eligible for CNPS protection and services.

CNPS services include access to a bilingual lawyer who is licensed to practise law in Quebec. CNPS legal advisors have experience in health law and are knowledgeable about the practice of nursing.

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Nursing Students and Grads

Nursing Students: Learn about your legal risks in nursing. Sign up for free CNPS resources at cnps.ca/student

Registered Nurses (RNs):

In most Canadian jurisdictions, nursing graduates who have been granted a provisional or temporary RN licence automatically become CNPS beneficiaries through their provincial or territorial nursing regulator. In Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba* nursing graduates can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

*Note: Manitoba RNs and NPs are required to be CNPS beneficiaries. Manitoba nurses can become a CNPS beneficiary by joining the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM) at the preferred CNPS member rate, or becoming an individual beneficiary of CNPS.

For more information, visit Who is Eligible.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs):

RPNs in British Columbia automatically become CNPS benefiaries when registering with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals.

RPNs in Manitoba will be automatically extended CNPS beneficiary status effective January 1, 2020. You will therefore be able to access CNPS core services to the same extent as existing CNPS beneficiaries as of that date. If you require more information, please consult https://cnps.ca/CRPNM_FAQ

Efforts are currently underway to extend beneficiary status to members of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) effective November 1, 2019 as a benefit of your existing RPNAS registration. If you require more information, please contact RPNAS.

RPNs in Alberta and Yukon can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

For more information, visit Who is Eligible.

Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses (LPNs):

LPN from any province or territory can join the CNPS as an individual beneficiary.

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About CNPS

The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides professional liability protection, legal assistance, and risk management services to more than 130,000 eligible nurses in Canada.

For an additional fee, the CNPS now offers Supplementary Protection to provide nurses with assistance with regulatory matters (college complaints). The option to apply for Supplementary Protection will be presented to you during the registration process.

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Contact Us

Call us at 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677) or email registration@cnps.ca if you have questions or need further information. The CNPS office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time, and closed on statutory holidays.

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