CNPS Supplementary Protection

For an additional fee, CNPS beneficiaries who also register for CNPS Supplementary Protection can be eligible for assistance with complaints and disciplinary proceedings before their nursing regulator.

CNPS Supplementary Protection generally includes the following:

  1. Assistance with complaints against you to your regulatory body ("College complaints"): This assistance is provided by the CNPS on an occurrence basis. Occurrence-based protection means that you remain eligible for CNPS assistance with a regulatory complaint, regardless of when it is commenced, as long as you were duly authorized to practise nursing and were duly registered for CNPS Supplementary Protection when you provided the nursing services. Assistance is discretionary and will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

  2. Assistance with disciplinary and fitness-to-practise hearings: This coverage extends to complaints for which you have received assistance from the CNPS and that have been formally referred to a Disciplinary Committee, Board of Inquiry, Fitness-to-Practise Committee or other equivalent tribunal for determination. It is made available through a partnership with an insurer, on a claims-made basis. It will provide you with coverage for disciplinary or fitness-to-practice legal expenses (up to $50,000 per year) in respect of referrals commenced on or before December 31st of the year for which you obtained the protection.

*Nurses who have a collective agreement may have similar or comparable services available and are encouraged to inquire with their union representative or steward. 

IMPORTANT: CNPS Supplementary Protection generally does not extend to regulatory matters that have been initiated or should have been anticipated at the time of the beneficiary’s application for supplementary services.

CNPS Supplementary Protection Annual Fees

The 2017 fee for CNPS Supplementary Protection is $85 plus applicable taxes (GST/HST).

How do I register for CNPS Supplementary Protection?

To register, complete this form and send it to the CNPS using one of the following methods:


1545 Carling Avenue, Suite 510
Ottawa ON  K1Z 8P9

Fax: 613-237-6300

Once the CNPS receives your application, you will be contacted to arrange for payment. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for processing.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our registration team at 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677). Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time, except on statutory holidays.


About CNPS – The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS®) is a not-for-profit society that offers legal advice, risk-management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection related to nursing practice in Canada to eligible registered nurses and nurse practitioners.