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Bylaw amendment — Board

posted May 5​​, 2015

​​​​The Health Professions Act is umbrella legislation that provides for a common regulatory structure for British Columbia's health professions. The Act establishes how the colleges are to be governed and what activities they can undertake. The Act also authorizes college boards to make bylaws that establish provisions related to the nomination, election and removal of board members.

Bylaw amend​ments

On April 10, 2015, the CRNBC Board approved amendments related to:

  • Section 1.0: Definitions

  • Section 1.03: Eligibility for Election to the Board

  • Section 1.09: Removal of Elected Board Member

In accordance with the Health Professions Act requirements, information on the Bylaw amendments is posted on the CRNBC website  and also distributed to the Ministry of Health and other regulatory colleges.​​​​​


Why did the Board make these Bylaw amendments?
Health regulatory colleges are accountable to government, to the public and other stakeholders.

The Board is committed to ensuring CRNBC's governance practices support and follow leading practice, including the Seven Principles of Public Life1 while still meeting its legislated mandate, the College's Strategic Plan and Strategic Themes​ and the expectations of stakeholders, such as the public.

Currently, CRNBC relies on conflict of interest guidelines to provide clarity and guidance to individuals seeking election (or appointment) to its Board. The same guidelines offer support for Board members in rendering their decisions and in guiding discussions and dialogue.

Concern arose that the guidelines may not provide enough direction to ensure clarity for those seeking election to CRNBC's Board or in supporting those elected and appointed members of the Board.


1 The Seven Principles of Public Life, developed by the UK Committee on Standards in Public Life have been adopted into CRNBC's board governance practices to provide guidance to staff and board members when considering their actions in the public interest.

What are the changes to the Bylaws?
​The Bylaw amendments:
  • Provide clarity and address the inherent challenge in managing the balance of professional and public interest mandates when a Board member holds multiple governance positions.
  • Eli​minate potential issues in relation to real or perceived conflicts of interest amongst CRNBC Board members in the future. ​
What does this mean?
The Bylaw amendments:​
  • Restrict the eligibili​ty of union officials, and directors and officers of the Canadian Nurses Association; the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia; the British Columbia Nurse Practitioners Association; or another professional nur​ses' association to stand for election to CRNBC's Board;
  • Do not preclude Board members or those interested in running for a Board position from participating in a union or association. The amendments only identify the conflict that arises in holding multiple governance positions across the spectrum of nursing related organizations.
  • Allow an existing association or union official to run for election to CRNBC's Board, as long as they provide a written agreement to resign their disqualifying position if elected to CRNBC's Board. ​​
What are the benefits?
These amendments will provide clarity for those seeking election to the Board and/or supporting elected and appointed Board members, by:​
  • Directly addressing the inhe​rent challenge in balancing professional and p​u​blic interest mandates when a Board member holds multiple governance positions.
  • Eliminating pote​ntial issues in relation to real or perceived conflicts of interest amongst ​its Board members in the future. Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important to public confidence as actual conflicts of interest.
  • Reinforcing CRNBC's role as a relational regulator, enhancing its reputation​ for right touch regulation in the public interest; and building and maintaining the credibility of the nursing profession. 

Notice date: May 5, 2015 

Please submit comments to the attention of the Governance Coordinator no later than Aug. 5, 2015.

Comments may also be submitted directly to the Ministry of Health.


Ministry of Health


Governance Coordinator


Executive Director, Professional Regulation & Oversight Branch

Ordinary mail

Cynthia Johansen

Registrar and Chief Ex​ecutive Officer
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

2855 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, BC
V6J 3Y8  ​

Governance Coordinator

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Executive Director, Professional Regulation & Oversight Branch

Ministry of Health
Health Sector Workforce Division

​1515 Blanshard Street
PO Box 9649 
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P4  ​​​​


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