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Notice of proposed bylaw amendments: Extension of transition timeline for annual renewal


Jun 3, 2019

​On May 31, 2019, the BCCNP Board approved amendments to sections 285.1 to 285.7, 291 and 291.1 of the college bylaws under the Health Professions Act. We request that any comments on these proposed amendments be submitted to BCCNP before July 3, 2019. BCCNP may seek approval from the Minister of Health for a shortened pre-filing notice period after that date.

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Proposed bylaw amendments summary

When BCCNP was established in September 2018, the registration renewal periods of the legacy colleges were maintained:  Nov./Dec. for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Jan./Feb. for nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). The current bylaws include a transitional plan to align the registration renewal cycles for all registrant groups and move the renewal period for all to February–March by 2021.

The proposed amendments extend, by one year, the current timeline for aligning the registration renewal cycles. Work to align the renewal cycles will continue over 2021, with the new cycle commencing for all registrant groups in 2022.

The table below summarizes the effect of the amendments:

 2019-2020212022

Current timeline

LPN

Renew in November–December 2019 for 15 months

Renew in February–March 2021 for 12 months

(registration years aligned + new renewal process used for first time)

Second year of aligned registration years and renewa​l process
NP/RN/RPNRenew in January–February 2020 for 13 months

Renew in February–March 2021 for 12 months

(Registration years aligned + new renewal process used for first time)

  2019–2020 2021 2022

Revised timeline

LPNRenew in November–December 2019 for 14 months

Renew in January–February 2021 for 13 months

(Registration years aligned)

Renew in February–March 2022 for 12 months

(New renewal process used for first time)

NP/RN/RPNRenew in January–February 2020 for 12 months

Renew in January–February 2021 for 13 months

(Registration years aligned)

Renew in February–March 2022 for 12 months

(New renewal process used for first time)​​​​​​​

​These amendments will enable the following:

  1. Process and system alignment: Projects are currently underway to review and reconfigure BCCNP processes and systems. Extending the timeline will ensure that any project outcomes can be integrated at once for the 2022 renewal period to save time and resources.
  2. Fee alignment: The new transition dates will reduce the burden on LPNs, who will need to pay an additional two months of renewal fees at the next renewal to align with the other registrant classes, instead of three additional months under the current timeline.
  3. Overall cost effectiveness: The amendments will still allow for improved cost effectiveness by having renewals occur at the same time in Jan./Feb. 2021.
  4. Changes to the regulatory environment: The extended timeline will allow for the integration of any changes arising from the government’s response to the Cayton Report, released last month.