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Fees will increase for 2019


Oct 1, 2018

Practising registrants will see an increase in their registration renewal fees for the 2019 registration year. The BCCNP registration fee is increasing, and registered nurses and nurse practitioners will also pay more for professional liability protection.

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What this means for practising registrants

A full breakdown of the fees is available in the ​fees section​.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
  • Your BCCN​P registration fee will increase by $47.85, a 14% increase.
  • You will pay a total of $397.85 to renew your registration for 2019.
  • You will no longer be charged a separate fee for a criminal record check; the CRC fee is now integrated into registration and application fees.
  • The cost of liability insurance continues to be included in your BCCNP registration fee (no change).
Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs)
  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $19.53, a 4% increase.
  • You will pay a total of $468.48 to renew your registration for 2019-20.
  • Effective Nov. 1, 2018, your liability protection will be provided by CNPS, but you will not pay the professional liability protection fee for 2019-20. Learn more​.
  • You will no longer be charged a separate fee for a criminal record check; the CRC fee is now integrated into registration and application fees.
Registered nurses (RNs)
  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $19.53, a 4% increase.
  • In April 2018, CNPS announced that they would be raising professional liability protection fees​ for RNs and employed student nurses by $14.70 to $48 ($50.40 incl. tax). BCCNP collects this fee on behalf of CNPS. ​
  • ​The association fee remains unchanged at $110.55. This fee is collected on behalf of the Association of Registered Nurses of BC under the current fee agreement, which expires on Dec. 31, 2019.
  • You will pay a total of $629.43 to renew your registration for 2019-20.
Nurse practitioners (NPs)
  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $20.08, a 3% increase.
  • In April 2018, CNPS announced that they would be raising professional liability protection fees for NPs by $37.00 to $122.50 ($128.63 incl. GST). BCCNP collects this fee on behalf of CNPS.
  • The association fee remains unchanged at $110.55. This fee is collected on behalf of the Association of Registered Nurses of BC under the current fee agreement, which expires on Dec. 31, 2019.
  • You will pay a total of $908.96 to renew your registration for 2019-20.

Total practising registrant fee by designation

LPNRPNRNNP
BCCNP fee$397.85$468.48$468.48$669.78
CNPS liability protection
(RPN, RN, + NP only)
n/a*$0.00**$50.40 incl. tax$128.63 incl. tax
Association (RN+NP only)n/an/a$110.55$110.55
Total fee $397.85 $468.48 $629.43 $908.96
**LPN liability insurance fees are included in the BCCNP registration fee
**RPN CNPS professional liability protection fees for 2019-20 have been pre-paid with proceeds of the sale of the CRPNBC building. RPN registrants will begin paying CNPS fees in 2020-21.
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Why is an increase necessary?

The BCCNP board determined that fee increases were required for all nursing professionals to:

  • Manage the costs of increasingly complex core regulatory work, which include a rise in the number and intricacy of complaints, and the increased necessity to conduct formal hearings on registration applications due to potential public safety risks.
  • Respond to the recommendations to strengthen our regulatory approach. In 2015, the College of Registered Nurses of BC commissioned an audit by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), to see how they could improve our regulatory approach to better meet the expectations of the public. Since that time, CRNBC has been responding to the PSA recommendations, and now as BCCNP, work will continue as we align and harmonize the processes of the former colleges.
  • Address the short-term costs of amalgamation. Prior to the creation of BCCNP on Sept. 4, 2018, options for creating efficiencies were limited. As a single organization, with one board and leadership team, the work now begins in earnest to integrate our policies, processes and systems to become more efficient. In some cases, this includes substantial legal review and development to ensure the harmonized approach is fair and that the public is adequately protected by the registration and inquiry processes.​ In the short-term, these activities will increase costs while we also pay to maintain operations. 
  • Respond to LPN-specific regulatory needs: The LPN fee increase is higher than the fees of the other designations. This reflects designation-specific work related to:
    • Development of the new LPN entry-to-practice exam;
    • Responding to the increase in requests for review of registration committee decisions by the Health Professions Review Board
    • Move to align LPN registration with the current costs of protecting public through regulation
    • Integration of criminal record check (CRC) fees into annual fees, rather than paying a lump sum for a CRC recheck every five years
    • An increase in education program reviews in response to an increase in the number of schools offering LPN education

We understand that registrants anticipating a reduction in fees due to the college amalgamation will be disappointed. As the demands and complexity of our regulatory work continue to increase, we expect this will put pressure on fees for the foreseeable future. The efficiencies we gain from becoming a single regulator are part of the solution to minimize what would be higher fee increases in years to come. Responsible financial stewardship is and will continue to be a key priority for the BCCNP board and leadership team moving forward.

Questions? Comments?

Please contact us at register@bccnp.ca or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free).