Becoming one college: update from the three nursing regulators


BC’s three nursing regulators—the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC), College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC)—are working together to co-create a new college that will regulate all nurses in the province. 

We’re pleased to provide an update on this work.


Working with government

The creation of a new regulatory body requires legislative change. We’re working with our partners at the Ministry of Health and with the Health Minister to help make this happen. This includes new bylaws, which will be available for public review in the fall.

Declaration of Intent

In June 2017, the three college boards signed a declaration of intent. It sets out common principles and confirms our commitment to co-create a new regulator for all nurses in BC. A Transition Steering Committee (TSC), made up of representatives from each of colleges’ boards and observers from government, is guiding this work. 

The colleges’ staff meet regularly to collaborate on current projects and plan how we’ll work together in our new organization. It’s been gratifying to see the enthusiasm and collaboration that’s already taking place among the three colleges’ board members, government and staff. 

Maintaining nursing disciplines

The new organization will continue to meet our mandate to ensure public safety, while maintaining the distinct professional roles and designations of each discipline (LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs). The move to a single college reduces duplication and gives nurses, citizens, government and employers a single point of contact when it comes to nursing regulatory affairs.

A new location

To be effective as one organization we will need to bring staff together into one facility and location. A facilities project team conducted extensive research to identify a range of key requirements and options for the new location. 

We began by contemplating whether any of our current offices would work to house the new organization. Unfortunately, none of the three are large enough to meet our needs as a single combined organization. 

We next considered pooling our resources to buy or build a new office space. While there are many benefits to owning property in the Lower Mainland, today’s market offered limited choices. The CEOs and TSC agreed that the purchase or construction of a new facility was not financially prudent at this time.   

The facilities team then worked with real estate consultants to develop criteria and evaluate our options to lease a new space. As part of its due diligence, the facilities team looked at a number of factors including (but not limited to):

  • A comparison of all costs involved over 5 – 10 – 15 years
  • Accessibility for registrants, the public, staff and other stakeholders
  • Public transit options
  • Commute times for College staff

The three CEOs and the TSC reviewed the project team’s work and, after consultation with our boards, we determined that 200 Granville Street in Vancouver is the best location for the new college. The three boards also made the important decision to co-locate at 200 Granville sooner than later, meaning our three colleges may move into the new location before legislation passes and we are officially formed as a new college. This move will support our three organizations to continue working more closely as we move towards becoming one college. 

Positioning ourselves for the future

The new College will strengthen our commitment to quality and safety. It will strengthen the collaboration already taking place between our intercollege teams as we become one nursing regulator. It is a huge amount of work, but we all see it as a worthwhile investment that will modernize the regulatory approach for nurses in our province. 

Questions? Feedback?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have questions or feedback. We will keep you posted as we move forward.

Carina Herman
Cynthia Johansen
Kyong-ae Kim

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