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Nursing association moves to voluntary membership

Sep 30, 2019

We believe both nurses and the public are best served and protected by a strong professional association, a regulator and a union. Each body has a different and equally important role to play in delivering safe, competent care for B.C. residents.

Since 2014, BCCNP (and the College of Registered Nurses of BC before it) has collected association fees through a fee collection agreement with the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). That agreement ends on December 31, 2019.

In 2020, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), the provincial nursing association and your link to the Canadian Nursing Association and the International Council of Nurses, is moving to a voluntary membership model. Association membership will be optional for all B.C. nursing professionals.

To support NNPBC during this short-term transitional period, BCCNP will be providing nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses with the option to purchase their NNPBC membership when they renew their registration. If selected, the NNPBC membership fee will be added to the registrant’s invoice.

Due to the timing of renewal, this option was not available for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). However, LPNs will be able to opt in to receive communication from NNPBC. The association will then follow up to discuss membership options after the LPN renewal period closes.

We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with NNPBC as they enter an exciting new stage.

If you have questions about NNPBC membership or the programs and services they provide, please visit or contact the association at 604.737.1304 or