Professional Liability Protection

The Board of Directors heard your concerns about the increasing cost of professional liability insurance and the challenges in the application process. After an extensive market analysis undertaken by OOHNA, your Board of Directors is pleased to announce the endorsement of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society as protection provider of choice.

Canadian Nurses Protective Society

More than liability protection

As indicated on its website, the CNPS was created by nurses, for nurses in 1988 as a not-for-profit society that offers legal advice, risk-management services, legal assistance, and professional liability protection related to nursing practice in Canada. The CNPS is the individual professional liability protection provider of choice across eleven provinces and territories, for over 140,000 nurses of all nursing designations. 


IMPORTANT: The current policy held under Watson Towers Willis is occurrence-based and therefore members will have coverage under that policy for claims that are made against them, as long as they were policy holders on the day when the incident occurred. The current policy held under Watson Towers Willis will remain in effect until December 31, 2021. CNPS protection is also occurrence-based. OOHNA members will be eligible for assistance from the CNPS on or after January 1, 2022 for legal issues and questions relating to services provided on or after January 1, 2022 provided they register with the CNPS on or before December 31, 2021. Therefore, in order to avoid a gap in protection, nurses will need to register with the CNPS by December 31, 2021. 

If you have any questions regarding the CNPS scope of assistance in specific circumstances including COVID-19, please contact the CNPS directly.

Did you know that CNPS beneficiaries also have access to a wide variety of legal risk-management resources, including legal advice, publications, webinars and case studies?

Please note that some legal questions remain outside of the scope of CNPS services, for instance, questions regarding labour relations, labour disputes, workers compensation legislation proceedings, and allegations of breach of contract.


Looking for assistance in the case that a complaint is made about your care to your nursing regulator?

An existing CNPS beneficiary who is currently eligible for core services (PLP) has the option to apply for the Supplementary Protection program, which expands the circumstances in which they can seek assistance from the CNPS to College complaints.


Read more about CNPS in this article from the OOHNA Journal. Click here to read!

Additional questions about CNPS? Please do not hesitate to contact the CNPS directly.

Have questions about this change? As always, please contact OOHNA at