CNPS. MORE than Liability Protection

The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides professional liability protection, legal assistance, and risk management services to more than 130,000 eligible registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in Canada.

For an additional fee, the CNPS now offers Supplementary Protection to provide nurses with assistance with regulatory matters (college complaints).


The CNPS Advantage:

  • Comprehensive Legal Support: The CNPS provides comprehensive legal support covering a broad range of legal proceedings, from claims and civil proceedings to statutory offences and witness appearances. We work with our member organizations and our beneficiaries to focus on prevention while providing early intervention on claims when required.

  • Confidential Legal Advice: CNPS beneficiaries receive legal advice and assistance on demand. They can call anytime to speak to a lawyer specialized in health law to receive legal advice, assistance and support relating to their nursing practice.

  • Education and Risk Management: The CNPS provides a wide range of group workshops, webinars and online resources designed to reduce risk in your practice and help prevent patient harm.

  • Individual Protection: The CNPS offers individual protection that satisfies all regulatory requirements. As a CNPS beneficiary, you have access to individual professional liability protection. There is no group or shared limit.

  • Our discretionary assistance is a unique and flexible approach to providing professional liability protection. The CNPS is not an insurance company, so the protection we provide is not limited by policies. Rather, the CNPS reviews the specific needs and circumstances of each case to find more ways to assist than any claims-made policy can. It’s individual protection that is tailored to your individual needs.

  • Duration of Protection: There is no time limit on the protection we provide. If a claim arises from care you provided while you were a CNPS beneficiary and you were duly licensed at the time, you are generally eligible for CNPS assistance. Our occurrence-based protection safeguards you and your estate.

  • Created by Nurses for Nurses: The CNPS is a legal support system for nurses and a recognized leader in providing professional liability protection. Created as a not-for profit society in 1988, the CNPS does not profit financially from the fees it receives.


CNPS Services Include:

  • Assistance with legal proceedings including:
  • Claims and civil proceedings (up to $10 million per claim)
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions (up to $1 million per occurrence)
  • Statutory offences (up to $1 million per occurrence) including investigations of alleged human rights infringements, privacy breaches and violations of legal obligations under child protection or “protection for persons in care” legislation
  • Witness appearances (including coroners’ or medical examiners’ investigations and more)
  • Review of professional service agreements
  • Risk-management and education services to help nurses reduce risk in their practice
  • (Optional) Supplementary Protection to assist with regulatory matters, including complaints and fitness-to-practise hearings
  • (Optional) CNPS Plus, a program sponsored by the CNPS, designed for nurses in independent practice who are looking for business insurance options


Learn more about CNPS services

Am I eligible for CNPS services?

Information regarding fees and registration


Upcoming Webinars & Events

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August 16, 2017 - Social Media and Technology (Replay with Live Q&A)


September 13, 2017 - L’infirmière, la documentation et le droit (French-language webinar)


September 14, 2017 - Legal Risks for New Grads


October 11, 2017 - Public Health and Community Nursing and the Law


November 8, 2017 - RN Prescribing and Risk Management


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