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Professional Associations


Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is a federation of 11 provincial and
territorial nurses’ associations and colleges representing more than 136,200 registered nurses and nurse                                  practitioners. CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses, supporting them in their
practice and advocating for healthy public policy and a quality, publicly
funded, not-for-profit health system.

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)

CASN is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and
graduate nursing programs in Canada.

       Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

CFNU is the voice of nearly 200,000 unionized nurses and nursign students nationally and promote the nursing                    profession on a national level.


(all provincial professional associations and colleges are combined except for Ontario, where the two groups are separate)

British Columbia

The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC)

Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC)


The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)


Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA)

Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN)


The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM)


The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

The Registered Practical Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RPNAO)

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)


Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)

Ordre des infirmieres et infirmiers auxiliares du Quebec (OIIAQ)

New Brunswick

The Nurses Association of New Brunswick

Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN)

Nova Scotia

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS)

Prince Edward Island

The Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (ARNPEI)

The Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Prince Edward Island (LPNA)

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL)

Northwest Territories and Nunavut

The Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANTNU)


Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA)


National Student Nurses`Association (NSNA)



Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is the national voice for nurses. Representing
158,000 nurses, we advance solutions to improve patient care, working conditions,
and our public health care system.


British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU)

United Nurses of Alberta (UNA)

Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN)

Manitoba Nurses’ Union (MNU)

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)

New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU)

Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union (NSNU)

Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union (PEINU)

Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union (NLNU)

Special Interest Groups


Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO)

Established in 1984, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association
canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) is the national organization
that supports Canadian nurses to promote and develop excellence in oncology
nursing practice, education, research and leadership. CANO’s mission is to lead
nursing excellence in cancer control for Canadians, with a vision of being an
international nursing leader in cancer control.

Nurses for Medicare

Nurses for Medicare is a grassroots initiative to engage nurses in advocating
for the sustainability of the Canadian health system.

Nursing the Future (NTF)

Nursing the Future is a federally registered non-profit organization aimed at developing and
guiding the newly graduated nurse as they move from the role of nursing student
into the world of professional nursing practice. Click here for more information…

Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC)

ORNAC is completely managed by
volunteers who give of their time to promote educational programs and high
standards of operating room nursing practice. ORNAC is an Associate member of the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) and has a
membership of over 3500 members.

Aboriginal Nursing Association of Canada (ANAC)

The mission of the Aboriginal
Nurses Association of Canada is to improve the health of Aboriginal people, by
supporting Aboriginal Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of
Aboriginal Health Nursing.


Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN)

Interprofessional Groups

Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)

Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS)

Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO)

International Groups

International Council of Nurses (ICN)

Internationl Council of Nurses – Student Network (ICN-SN)

Sigma Theta Tau International (The Honour Society of Nursing)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Nursing Degrees and Careers

Doctorate Nursing Programs in the New Millennium

Accredited Nursing Degrees

Other Resources

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent,
not-for-profit organization that provides essential data and analysis on
Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) was
established in 2003 as an independent not-for-profit corporation, operating
collaboratively with health professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies
and governments to build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians.
CPSI performs a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and
systems, promotes leading practices and raises awareness with stakeholders,
patients and the general public about patient safety.

Health Canada

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians
maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and

Nurse Connect

Professionals today are quickly realizing that “who you know” can help get your foot in the door. Expand your network of peers and friends to help you reach your maximum career potential with this top professional networking site for nurses today.


NurseONE is a personalized interactive web-based resource designed to support nursing practice. It does this by providing nurses with the reliable information they need to support their decision-making, manage their careers, and connect with colleagues and health care experts.

Nursing Career Guide

This nursing career guide website consists of useful resources to help you succeed in your nursing school and career.

Nursing Home Abuse exists to raise awareness of the growing nursing home abuse epidemic, to educate the public about its root causes, to help residents and their families prevent abuse, and to help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.

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