During the last round of NBA bargaining, the union was successful in negotiating a partial reimbursement of nurses’ college and licensing fees from employers. As part of the agreement, the union will be administering the reimbursement. BCNU members covered by the NBA collective agreement will be eligible for a $215 reimbursement for the 2021/2022 licence year.
Friday, Feb 26: Registration renewal with the BC College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) closes at 4:30pmMonday, March 1: BCNU's online applications for reimbursement opens at noonMonday, March 15: Reimbursement payouts beginWednesday, June 30: Reimbursement application closes
The following changes are new to the 2021 reimbursement process:
BCNU NBA members who applied for reimbursement last year AND consented to BCCNM sharing their licence renewal confirmation with BCNU during the registration process will not need to provide BCNU with registration proof of payment. This is intended to streamline the application and reimbursement process for members. Learn more about BCNU's efforts to streamline the process for members here.BCNU NBA members who are applying for reimbursement for the first time, or did not consent to BCCNM sharing their licence renewal confirmation with BCNU will need to provide proof of payment receipt during the reimbursement application process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
BCNU is administering the college fee partial reimbursement as agreed upon in the
Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement per Appendix GG. Eligible members are asked to apply so that we may verify your eligibility, and obtain your consent to receiving reimbursement, which may have tax implications.
Members who hold a practising registration status with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) for the March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 year.
Nurses from other provinces who are working in British Columbia are also eligible as long as they meet all the above criteria AND they complete the online application form for reimbursement.
Please note that Employed Student Nurses and Employed Student Psychiatric Nurses are not eligible for reimbursement.
Members currently on leave and returning to work at a later date during the 2021/2022 licensing year will still need to apply for reimbursement by June 30, 2021 and must provide BCNU with a copy of your practising registration renewal from the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) before Feb. 28, 2022. Members on leave will receive the full partial reimbursement upon their return to practicing license (the amount is not pro-rated based on return-to-work date).
BCNU NBA members will be reimbursed $215.
You will be reimbursed by direct deposit only. Members will receive an email notification prior to the money being deposited.
Due to the high volume of reimbursements, BCNU will only be offering reimbursements by direct deposit. In order to do this, we will require your banking information.
Reimbursement will begin Monday, March 15, 2021. Members can expect to receive payment within 60 days of successfully submitting the online application.
Beginning Monday, March 1, BCNU NBA members can log in to the Member Portal and complete the online application form. You may need the following information to successfully apply for your reimbursement:
* BCNU NBA members who applied for reimbursement last year AND consented to BCCNM sharing their licence renewal confirmation with BCNU during the registration process will not need to provide BCNU with registration proof of payment. This is intended to streamline the application and reimbursement process for members.
Yes. BCNU has taken all the necessary security precautions to ensure that any information entered online is encrypted and secure. Access to the information will be limited to a select few number of staff who will be responsibile for processing reimbursements.
The deadline for members to apply is June 30, 2021.
No. BCNU is only accepting applications online.
Members working at independent worksites are not eligible for reimbursement. Current reimbursement is negotiated under the NBA provincial collective agreement and is only available to nurses covered by this contract.
Yes. The payment option you select for your BCCNM renewal will not matter as long as you are eligible for reimbursement.
No. Members are responsible for the tax reporting of the reimbursement received. We recommend you seek the advice of a tax professional if you have questions on how to report the reimbursement on your tax return.
Nurses that hold Employed Student Nurse or Employed Student Psychiatric Nurse registrations are not eligible for reimbursement.
New graduate nurses who are BCNU members are eligible for the reimbursement as long as their practising registration is completed before the June 30, 2021 reimbursement deadline.
New members who start working in May or June 2021 may not have immediate access to the BCNU Member Portal. If you are a new member in May or June and do not have access yet, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org with your paystub including your full name, worksite, and employee ID by June 30, 2021.
Each member will receive reimbursement for one practice licence only. Members can indicate on the online application form for which license (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN) they are requesting their reimbursement.
Members who receive the print copy of Update Magazine can find their member ID on the address label of the mailing envelope. If you do not receive a print copy of the magazine you can call BCNU’s Membership Department during business hours at 604-433-2268 or email email@example.com.
All notifications regarding your reimbursement application and electronic funds transfer will be sent to the email in our member database. Log in to the Member Portal to check or update your contact information.
If you are NOT receiving updates, news, and events emailed to you, log in to the BCNU Member Portal and update your information.