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Prevention and Assistance Fund

​​​​This fund pays education costs to nurses from affiliate worksites* harmed by displacements, bumping, job cuts or contracting out. It was established following the 2010 Nurses Bargaining Association contract talks.

​*Affiliate worksites provide health care services under contracts with health authorities. If you work for an affiliate, your direct employer is the facility itself, not the health authority. For example, a BCNU member working at Vancouver General Hospital or Royal Inland Hospital or a health unit in the Northern Health Authority would not be in an affiliate worksite.


  • available if you're a BCNU member working in an affiliate worksite
  • you must be affected by displacement/ bumping
  • you must be enrolling in nursing related assessments/courses to upgrade your skills to help move into new roles or positions
  • you must have approached your employer for funding help

​​Funding may be approved for:

  • skills assessments as required
  • tuition, course fees and books
  • in certain circumstances, an honorarium in lieu of wages may be approved  

*Amount of funding is according to criteria established by the BCNU Council.

​To apply for funding:

  • complete an online application form​
  • provide your BCNU Membership ID Number. If you do not know this number, please call 604 433-2268 x 2143. Without this number your application won't be accepted
  • Social Insurance Numbers are required for income tax purposes

Disbursement of approved funds:

  • you'll will be notified by mail whether your application has been approved
  • once you've been told​ you've been approved, you must complete and mail to BCNU an expense form along with receipts for courses, fees etc.
  • under some circumstances, BCNU may arrange direct payment to schools
Updated: 1/20/2015 2:58 PM

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