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2017 fees

The f0llo​​wing proposed amendments were accepted by government.

After five years of stable fees, practising registrants will see an increase to their overall fees for 2017, due to increased association and professional liability protection fees. As an increase of any kind can have an impact, we are bringing them to your attention as soon as possible. 
​Please note: Fees for non-practising registrants will not change.

2017-18 fee summary​

Registrant status CRNBC ARNBC PLP* Total
RN – practising $350.40 $110.55 ​$66.41 $527.36
NP – practising $551.15 $110.55 $120.49 $782.19
RN – non-practising $87.60 - ​​- $87.60
NP – non-practising $120.00 - ​- $120.00
Employed student $146.00 - $66.41 $212.41

*P​​​rofessional liability protection includes GST.

ARNBC fees

CRNBC collects fees on behalf of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC). This fee, collected from practising RNs and NPs, supports the work of the association, and pays for each practising registrant’s Canadian Nursing Association membership. The ARNBC Board has approved a $12.00 fee increase for 2017.

For more information about ARNBC and their fee increase, visit, call 604.737.1304 (1.844.737.1304 toll-free), or email

Professional liability protection fees

Professional liability protection is a registration requirement for all practising registrants. In 2016, The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) began providing professional liability protection for all CRNBC practising registrants. CRNBC paid for the first year of protection in full on behalf of registrants using existing funds.

In 2017, practising registrants will pay the CNPS fee of $66.41 (RNs/Students) or $120.49 (NPs). This fee includes:

  • The annual CNPS fee: $34.00 for RNs and ESRs and $85.50 for NPs
  • Five-year supplemental fee: $29.25
  • GST

The five-year supplemental fee brings BC registrants’ protection investment to the same level registrants of other provinces who have been paying into CNPS for years, enabling you to be fully protected even for liabilities prior to 2016. This supplemental fee will end after five years, with the final payment in 2020 (CRNBC paid the supplemental fee in 2016).

Fee comparison: 2016 vs. 2017

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Why do you collect fees on behalf of ARNBC?

​CRNBC supports the development of a strong association, and one way we do this is by collecting fees on ARNBC's behalf, as directed by our bylaws and the Health Professions Act.  

As CRNBC has increasingly focused on regulatory matters, there was an absence of an organization to fill the important advocacy role for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the province.  ARNBC has stepped into that role.

Can I opt out of paying ARNBC fees?

​No. All RNs and NPs in the province must renew their registration and pay the associated fees each year. None of the components of fees, including the ARNBC fee, are optional.

Can I opt out of being a member of ARNBC or CNA?

​You are encouraged to contact ARNBC to discuss your membership options. You can contact ARNBC at or 604.737.1304 (1.844.737.1304 toll-free).

Why isn't the ARNBC fee charged to non-practising registrants?

​Fees are not collected from non-practising registrants based on ARNBC bylaws. Please contact ARNBC at or 604.737.1304 (1.844.737.1304 toll-free) for more information.

 Professional Liability Protection Q&As

Why is professional liability protection mandatory?

​Professional liability protection is mandatory to:

  • Ensure individuals who have been harmed due to professional negligence are properly compensated; and
  • Provide adequate protection to every nursing professional from the costs of defending an allegation made against them and any resulting damages awarded.

You may be thinking that you’re protected under your employer’s liability insurance, but that may not be the case, particularly if you have multiple employers, or volunteer. Learn more.

Can I opt out of CNPS protection and get my own?

​No. Integrating the purchase of PLP into your overall renewal fee ensures that all practising registrants have PLP and that they have adequate protection in case of a claim. CRNBC has negotiated a group rate with CNPS that enables registrants to receive a drastically reduced price.

Purchasing professional liability protection on an individual basis is costly. For example, it's possible for nurses to register for individual, independent beneficiary status through CNPS, but the annual fees for individual members are $115 for RNs and $330 for NPs (plus tax).

Why are NP fees for professional liability protection so much higher than RNs?

The higher fee is due to the broader scope of NP work, and the associated risk for potential liability.


Why don't non-practising registrants pay for PLP?

​By definition, non-practising registrants are not engaged in nursing activities. As a result, they don't required professional liability protection.

 Effective Jan. 1, 2017

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