Why Join?

Why Join?

Influencing public policy is tough work that must be planned and executed carefully. It requires the sort of expertise and credibility, developed over time, that comes from CNA. And sustaining that strong national voice takes real people to make it happen.


CNA is a trusted leader in advocacy and policy development. We provide direction that advances the nursing profession to improve health outcomes and maintain the trust of the public.

CNA is a member-driven organization, with each member joining voluntarily. The power of the association comes from the voices and participation of our individual members. Your membership fees support our work. Without you, there is no CNA.

 I truly believe that through CNA we have a collective voice for nursing. I am proud to be a CNA member and proud of our association and its many accomplishments.

Cathy Harley, eMBA, RN, IIWCC
CEO of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada 

We welcome members who are students in any type of nursing program, all regulated categories of nurses, and retired nurses. All members are eligible to serve on CNA’s board of directors but only general and premium members can be elected as officers of the organization.

All members can also take advantage of exclusive member benefits. You’ll have access to exceptional savings on quality products, services and professional development opportunities to advance your career and make life more affordable. CNA provides the necessary support so you can continue to care for others. And of course, all members have access to our online journal, Canadian Nurse, and all our communications delivered online.

At any stage of your career, you will find affiliation and support in the Canadian Academy of Nursing — the home of nursing leadership in Canada. Join the Academy, take part in our online communities of practice, and enjoy complimentary access to the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. For the most experienced nurses, we offer a prestigious Fellowship program that carries its own special benefits for those who are inducted.

As a CNA member, you help us develop our policy and strategy directions. For example, you can join one of our advisory councils and work on the future of nursing, francophone nursing issues, Indigenous relations, racism and discrimination, specialty nursing practice, and professional nursing and membership. We also count on your expertise in a range of formal external advocacy activities, such as speaking on health topics as witnesses before parliamentary committees.

Our members contribute to the development of our policy recommendations to governments in priority areas, including:

  • Health human resources
  • Seniors and aging
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Primary care
  • Anti-racism
  • Pharmacare
  • Indigenous health

CNA is an action-oriented, national resource for the nurses and people of Canada. We are your CNA. Join us in our shared mission to make nursing stronger, develop better health policy, and improve the health of Canadians.

Questions? Email us at members@cna-aiic.ca.