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Prince Edward Island Membership Update

Notice of CRNPEI withdrawal from CNA

In 2020, the Prince Edward Island government 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 announced its withdrawal as a jurisdictional member of CNA effective December 31, 2020.

Membership in 2021

CNA has set up a new membership option for PEI’s RNs to join CNA directly. To obtain a CNA membership ($63.65 plus applicable tax), go to mycna.ca to log in or create your MyCNA account and click Purchase Now. Licensed practical nurses in PEI already have the ability to join CNA directly. Visit our “How to Join” section for detailed instructions.

“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.


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.”