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Professional liability protection

All practising NPs, RNs and RPNs, employed student nurses and employed student psychiatric nurses in British Columbia are required to hold professional liability protection (PLP).

​CNPS PLP transitioning to BC nursing association

Effective March 1, 2021, BCCNM will transfer administration of CNPS professional liability protection to Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, the provincial nursing association.

Learn more about how this change will impact you.

CNPS: Your PLP provider

Liability protection is a BCCNP registration requirement, but the college does not provide PLP to registrants. The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) provides PLP for all BCCNP NPs, RNs and RPNs. CNPS is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is specifically tailored to meet the professional liability needs of nurses.

Practising registrants pay a fee upon initial registration to become beneficiaries of CNPS and gain access to their services. This status is renewed annually by paying a CNPS fee at registration renewal.​

 What CNPS can do for you

Legal advice
  • ​Information about professional obligations and liability issues
  • Prompt, confidential access to legal advisors
  • Explanation of legal steps to be taken/avoided when an incident occurs
  • Pre-contractual review of professional service agreements
Assistance with legal proceedings
  • ​Claims and civil proceedings
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Statutory offences
  • Witness appearances
  • General legal assistance
Risk management and education
  • ​Educational material on a wide range of subjects
  • Interactive risk management presentations and webinars

 Getting help

When to call CNPS
  • Any unusual occurrence or incident
  • A patient or family member complains about your care
  • You receive court documents or a notice that you are being sued
  • You receive a warning or threat advising of intent to begin legal action or to sue
  • You become aware of a request for information concerning a patient's record or care
  • You are concerned that circumstances in your practice could result in legal proceedings
  • You receive a subpoena or court order to appear as a witness
  • The police wish to speak with you regarding your nursing practice or an event that occurred during the course of your practice
  • Any other circumstance in which you are unsure of your professional/legal obligations​


Learn more on the CNPS website

CNPS contact info
  • ​Phone: 1.800.267.3390 or 613.237.2092
  • Fax: 613.237.6300
  • Email: (non-confidential messages only)

Office hours are Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 16:30 hours EST/EDT.

 Contact CNPS

 CNPS PLP fees

BCCNP collects PLP fees on behalf of CNPS during initial registration and renewal. ​​Visit the fees page​ for more info.

 Commercial general liability

​All NPs and RNs are also covered by Commercial General Liability insurance provided by Encon Group Inc. If you have questions about this policy, please direct them to Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of B.C.