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Prince Edward Island Membership Update

Notice of CRNPEI withdrawal from CNA

The Prince Edward Island government recently adopted amendments to its Regulated Health Professions Act. These amendments require the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) to reduce its association type activities including its direct relationship with CNA.

Consequently, CRNPEI has announced its withdrawal as a jurisdictional member of CNA effective December 31, 2020.

Registered nurses (RNs) who are currently licensed with CRNPEI will remain members of CNA until December 31, 2020. As members, we invite you to continue accessing your CNA member benefits until that time by logging in to or creating your mycna.ca profile.

Membership in 2021

CNA is currently setting up a new membership option for PEI’s RNs to join CNA directly. This new option, expected later this fall, will give RNs the option to purchase a membership directly with CNA for 2021. Licensed practical nurses in PEI already have the ability to join CNA directly.

“As we look at the health challenges facing Prince Edward Island today, it is of the utmost importance for nurses to maintain their voice and be part of the solution,” says CNA CEO Mike Villeneuve. “We encourage nurses to reach out to us and share ideas on how CNA can best support that voice going forward.”

To receive updates about the new membership option for PEI RNs and CNA member benefits, please contact us at members@cna-aiic.ca. We will add you to our e-mail distribution list.

History

News of CRNPEI’s intent to withdraw was expected, as discussions have been taking place in the province throughout 2020. In June 2020, the CRNPEI council voted in favour of a by-law change to withdraw its membership from CNA at the end of the year.

“The clear separation of the regulatory and association roles is a growing trend that we see across the country,” says Villeneuve. “CNA faced this situation before, specifically in Nova Scotia and Manitoba, and has always found ways to maintain a strong national nursing voice, which includes all provinces and territories.”