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Joining or renewing with CNA

If you would like to join or renew with CNA, you can do so at any time through our independent or emeritus categories. Please note: you cannot join or renew with CNA via the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) or the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). For the full list of CNA benefits visit cna-aiic.ca/benefits.

Media release: Ontario and Quebec back at CNA board table

On June 21, voting delegates at CNA’s annual meeting of members corrected two pivotal events in the organization’s history by electing board members to represent nurses from Ontario and Quebec. Read the full media release.

Independent members receive voting rights

There are over 1,000 independent members (Class D) in Ontario and Quebec! This means independent members, as a group, had five votes (four in Ontario and one in Quebec) at CNA’s 2017 annual meeting of members in Ottawa on June 21.

For more information please visit our voting rights section.

Professional liability protection

RNs and NPs can apply to become a Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) beneficiary when joining or renewing with CNA — all in one transaction.

Stay current with CNA

CNA continues to work for the nursing profession in Ontario and across Canada. If you would like to receive timely e-mail updates on our progress through CNA Now, simply complete our online communications consent form at cna-aiic.ca/consent. Please note: CNA does not sell e-mail lists to third parties.

For now, you can learn more about some of the exciting and important work we are doing by browsing through CNA@work (cna-aiic.ca/atwork).

Our focus going forward is ensuring that national and international communities continue to benefit from nurses’ expertise in all provinces and territories, and that we help connect you with your colleagues across the country and globally.

Note: CNA ID #
Need to update your membership information with CNA? When writing us, please include your CNA ID #, which you can find above your name on the Canadian Nurse mailing label.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2018 and beyond.


Canadian Nurses Association announces CNAOntario inaugural president

Ontario nurses are one step closer to optimizing their involvement with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) through the selection of Mary McAllister, RN, PhD, as the inaugural president of CNAOntario. The group aims to provide a vehicle for CNA members in Ontario to connect with each other, with RNs and NPs across Canada and with the International Council of Nurses. Read more.

CNAOntario selects vice-presidents

CNAOntario is moving forward under the leadership of president Mary McAllister. In March, the group named two RNs to vice-presidential roles: Tom Hart, RN, BScN, M.Sc., and Liliana Canadic, RN, BScN. Hart is a manager and professional practice leader at Kingston General Hospital and Canadic is vice-president of patient services and chief nurse executive at the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

CNAOntario objectives

CNA’s Ontario nurses have spoken loud and clear: they want a made-in-Ontario group to fully engage with CNA, its provincial and territorial nursing organizations, and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). CNAOntario is a connected group of Ontario RNs and NPs from diverse sectors, settings, roles and locations.

Its objectives include:

  • Providing a vehicle that connects CNA members in Ontario to each other, to RNs and NPs across Canada, and to ICN
  • Supporting a strong and positive nursing voice for health care in Ontario through a national lens
  • Offering a mechanism that lets Ontario nurses fully contribute to CNA initiatives and outcomes

To help support the group’s efforts, CNA asked well-respected Ontario RN Julia Scott to act as a liaison between CNA and CNAOntario.

Interested in getting involved or hearing more?
There will be several face-to-face consultation meetings throughout Ontario. Let us know if you would like a face-to-face meeting in your area. If you are interested please contact Julia Scott at ontario@cna-aiic.ca.

Does joining CNA in Ontario mean membership in CNAOntario automatically?
No, nurses join or renew with CNA. CNAOntario is a group that is currently being formed by nurses in Ontario.

For recent developments in Ontario please see this Backgrounder.