Announcement

In order to practice as a Practical Nurse in BC, a student must have successfully completed a practical nursing program recognized by the BC College of Nursing Professionals.

While the CHCA Programs continue, for the time being, to be recognized by the BC College of Nursing Professionals, there is a possibility that recognition may be withdrawn within the next five months. The Board of the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals on May 4, 2020, decided to begin the process of withdrawing recognition of Canadian Health Care Academy (CHCA)’s practical nursing education programs. 

As soon as CHCA received BCCNP’s letter of May 8, 2020 letter, we suspected that our submissions were not forwarded to the BCCNP Board at all before BCCNP Board meeting of April 30, 2020. Therefore, we immediately sent CHCA’s 7-parts submissions labelled Parts 1 to 7 directly to the BCCNP Board and their legal counsel Jason Herbert to rescind their decision of May 4, 2020 and review and reconsider their decision on our based on CHCA’s 7-parts submissions labelled Parts 1 to 7. We are still awaiting Board’s response in this regard.

The Minister of Health also exercises oversight over BCCNP’s bylaws. If the Board decides to proceed with the proposed amendment at the end of the notice period, the Minister will have authority to consider disallowing the amendment under section 19(3.2) of the Act before it comes into effect. In exercising that authority, the Minister may also consider any information or comments provided by CHCA or other stakeholders during the notice period.

Before a decision is made the following steps are to occur:

  • the CHCA (students, faculty, operators, and interested public members) can make submissions to the Minister of Health and the BCCNP during the notice period;
  • the BCCNP will then decide on whether to proceed (or not to proceed) with the proposed amendment;
  • the Minister has the authority to consider disallowing the amendment if it is proposed and the Minister can consider any information provided during the notice period.

Canadian Health Care Academy (CHCA) will be making an appeal to the Honourable Minister Dix, the Minster of Health, requesting to disallowing the amendment under section 19(3.2) of the Act before it comes into effect.