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About the Nurses collective agreement

The Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) Provincial Collective Agreement covers approximately 51,575 registered, psychiatric and licensed practical nurses in BC. The majority of the nurses are represented by the British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU). Nurses are also represented by the Health Sciences Association (HSA), the Union of Psychiatric Nurses (UPN), the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) and the British Columbia Provincial Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU).

Nurses work predominantly in hospitals, but also in long-term care, community and public health, home support and mental health throughout the province. Approximately 87 per cent of nurses are employed by the province’s six health authorities and 13 per cent work for affiliate organizations including Providence Health Care.

In 2013, the Government of BC passed legislation – the Health Authorities Amendment Act – transferring all licensed practical nurses (LPNs) from the Facilities and Community bargaining associations into the NBA.


HEABC and the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) commenced negotiations for a new collective agreement on December 8, 2022. The current NBA Collective Agreement expired March 31, 2022; however, the terms and conditions remain in effect until a new agreement is reached.