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About the Nurses collective agreement

The Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) Provincial Collective Agreement covers approximately 44,000 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) have signed a three-year tentative agreement for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022. HEABC and NBA entered into discussions in advance of the March 31, 2019 expiry of the current collective agreement and reached a tentative agreement on November 25, 2018.