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Understanding fee changes for 2015

​posted Dec. 17, 2014

We’ve adjusted our fees for 2015. We have simplified our fee structure to make it more straightforward for nurses. These changes also reflect our new agreement with the Association of Registered Nurse of British Columbia (ARNBC).  

The 2015 CRNBC total an​​nual renewal fee for practising registered nurses is $450.18, and for nurse practitioners it’s $651.48.

You will no longer pay a separate fee for criminal record checks (required every five years). We are rolling these costs into a single renewal fee each year. As a result, the annual renewal fee is up about $6 or 1 per cent from last year for practicing RNs. Annual fees for NPs are up about $12 or 2 per cent to accommodate this change and other additional administrative costs. 

Comparison of renewal fees year-over-year (RN Practising)​

Overall, total fees have remained stable over the past four years.  

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 Changes to renewal fees

​In summary, the following changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015:

  • Nurses on the pre-authorized payment plan will no longer have to top up their renewal fee when it’s time for their criminal record check. This cost is rolled into your monthly contributions.
  • The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) fee has been reassigned to ARNBC. The ARNBC fee is $98.82. ARNBC is the B.C. representative to CNA. Read more about the benefits of ARNBC and how it connects you to CNA.
  • We will no longer collect GST on registration and renewal fees. 

Other fees

The following changes will take effect March 1, 2015. These fee changes will help pay for the additional costs of processing these applications.

  • The new assessment fee for employed student registrants will be $100. 
  • The assessment fee for B.C. graduates applying for registration will be $150.
  • The assessment fee for Canadian graduates will be $250.
  • Verification and copying services will be $50 per request.

Review the complete 2015 fee schedule​

 FAQs

Why did renewal fees go up for some nurses and down for others when compared to last year?

For 2015, we simplified our fee structure to make it more straightforward. You will no longer pay a separate fee for a criminal record check (required every five years). This fee will be rolled into your renewal fee each year. As a result, the overall annual renewal fee is up about $6 for RNs and $12 for NPs. Nurses who were required to complete a criminal record check in 2014 will notice their fees are actually lower this year when compared with last year.

Why do I pay a fee to the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) this year instead of Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)?

​When you pay your renewal fees, an association fee of $98.84 will be collected on behalf of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC).  ARNBC will pass a portion of this amount ($57.70) ​on to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).  This change reflects the rec​​ent fee collection agreement with ARNBC. Read more about the benefits of ARNBC and how it connects you to  CNA (PDF). 

Why did association fees go up this year?

The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) fees are combined.  ARNBC will pass a portion ($57.70) of this fee on to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Changes to legislation in 2005 required the College to focus solely on public interest. As a regulator, we could no longer provide association services or serve as the voice of the nursing profession.  As a result, the College has been working to transfer services to ARNBC that are better suited to an association. ARNBC is a professional association that provides a voice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in health, nursing and public policy development that advances the health of British Columbians. Visit the ARNBC website to read more..

Why don’t I pay GST on registration and renewal fees?

​As a non-profit organization, we have the option to stop charging GST on renewal and registration fees.  Doing so simplifies things and allows us to offer one inclusive fee for nurses.

Where do my fees go?

​CRNBC is committed to being fiscally prudent and transparent with nurses and the public about how we spend money. Fees fund registration, the development of nursing standards, operations, practice support services, and the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC).  Read more about where your fees go.

 Where your fees go

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