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About CNA

Registered nurses contributing to the health of Canadians
and the advancement of nursing.

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. Representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses, CNA’s members include:

CNA’s Objects

The objects of CNA as defined in the Letters Patent (2013 revision) are:

  • to advance nursing excellence and positive health outcomes in the public interest;
  • to promote profession-led regulation in the public interest;
  • to act in the public interest for Canadian nursing and nurses, providing national and international leadership in nursing and health; and
  • to advocate in the public interest for a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

CNA’s Goals

In pursuit of the vision and mission, CNA has established the following goals:

  • To promote and enhance the role of registered nurses to strengthen nursing and the Canadian health system.
  • To shape and advocate for healthy public policy provincially/territorially, nationally and internationally.
  • To advance nursing leadership for nursing and for health.
  • To broadly engage nurses in advancing nursing and health.
2016 Annual Report

Bylaws [PDF, 220.3 KB]
2016 Annual Report [PDF, 4.4 MB]
CNA consolidated financial statements [PDF, 368.9 KB]


Who we are

Who we are

Our strength is in the knowledge, skill and influence of the registered nurses of Canada…


Board of Directors

A 17-member board of directors governs on behalf of members and is accountable to the membership…