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April 2010

The following proposed amendments were approved by government and became effective April 1, 2010.

Proposed bylaw amendments

On February 5, 2010, the Board approved changes to the CRNBC Bylaws. These changes will be submitted to Government for final approval. In accordance with the process for amending the College Bylaws, the Board directed the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer to provide notice as required under the provisions of Section 19 (6.2) of the Health Professions Act. The proposed bylaw amendments:

  • delete the positions of president and president-elect and provide for appointment, by the Board, of the board chair and vice-chair to a one-year renewable term of office;
  • provide for at-large elections of all registrant board members (urban, rural and at-large members);
  • provide for a three-year term of office for elected board members;
  • reduce the board size to 14 members, nine elected and five appointed; delete the Resolutions Committee; 
  • replace the board public appointee with a member of the public on the Nominations Committee.

Background information

The draft amendments to the Bylaws reflect the following transitional provisions:

  • Current elected board members will continue to hold office until the expiry of their existing terms; specifically the president and the members from Districts 1, 2, 4, 9 and 10 will hold office until September 1, 2010, members from Districts 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will hold office until September 1, 2011, and the president-elect will continue to hold office as an elected board member until September 1, 2012.
  • The president will become board chair and the president-elect will become board vice-chair upon the coming into force of the bylaw amendments, and they will hold those positions until the first board meeting after the 2010 elections at which time the Board will elect a board chair and vice-chair for the 2010-11 year.
  • There will be one rural, one urban and one at-large board member elected by CRNBC registrants in the 2010 elections for a three-year term.
  • There will be two rural, two urban and one at-large board member elected in the 2011 elections. One rural and one urban board member will be elected for a four-year term (selected by random draw); the others will be elected for a three-year term.
  • One at-large board member will be elected in the 2012 elections.
  • As of the 2013 elections, there will be one rural, one urban and one at-large board member elected for a three-year term in each annual election.
  • Registrants referred to in section 1.04 of the CRNBC Bylaws will be eligible to vote for all elected board member positions regardless of where they work or reside. Candidates will be required to declare at the time of nomination whether they are standing for election as a rural, urban or at-large elected board member.
  • There will be a separate ballot for each position.

Subject to approval by government of the proposed bylaw amendments, it is anticipated that there will be a new 2010 Call for Nominations for one rural, one urban and one at-large board member. Candidates who have submitted 2010 nomination forms for either the president-elect or electoral district board member positions will have the option of re-submitting a nomination form for either the rural, urban or at-large board member positions.

CRNBC has requested the Minister of Health Services to provide for a shorter notice period (45 days) for these amendments to the Bylaws. Feedback on the proposed bylaw amendments should be returned no later than the end of business on Monday, March 29, 2010 to:

Ministry of Health Services

  • E-mail: 
  • Mail:
    Daryl Beckett
    Director, Professional Regulation
    Ministry of Health Services
    5th Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC V8W 3C8
  • Fax: 250.952.2205


  • E-Mail: 
  • Mail:
    Laurel Brunke, Registrar and CEO
    College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
    2855 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 3Y8
  • Fax: 604.738.2272

 Transition process

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