Separation of the College and Association

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On August 19, 2020, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Council voted in favor of separating CARNA’s dual mandates. The College’s single mandate will focus on regulatory excellence. The new association will find its mandate in the months to come, with the oversight of the newly formed inaugural board.

Council’s decision pre-empted the Provincial Government’s announcement requiring associations and colleges currently operating as one entity to separate. CARNA’s Council is committed to supporting the development and growth of an independent nursing association.

Significant Work Ahead

This is a milestone moment for the regulation of Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners in Alberta. We are working to address the impacts, changes and decisions that come with such a significant change.

While serving a dual mandate, CARNA consistently focused on the principles of right-touch regulation to inform our regulatory decisions and actions. As the College accountability shifts wholly to regulatory excellence, our commitment to these principles is unchanged. We are currently undergoing a third-party review by Mr. Harry Cayton. The review, which encompasses all areas of CARNA, will be completed in 2022.

Our Commitment to Transparency

A change of this magnitude reinforces the importance of transparency; as our plans evolve, we are committed to sharing information, providing answers and facilitating feedback. We are embarking on this journey with our registrants, the public and stakeholders.


We are conducting a review of all our processes and expect that our full transition will take approximately two years. We will provide updates on a regular basis.

What's Next?

We want to answer your questions about the transition.

You may be wondering:

  • What will happen to fees and when?
  • Is the association membership mandatory?
  • Will CARNA be changing its name? When are decisions being made?
  • Who is setting up the association?

The communications lines will remain open and we are committed to addressing all questions in the most transparent way possible.

Additionally, in early April, our annual update from Council President, Nicole Letourneau, and Chief Executive Officer & Registrar, Joy Peacock, will include answers to many of your questions.

We welcome questions from all registrants, the public and stakeholders.


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