Nursing (Licensed Practical)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of practical nursing.

Practical nursing has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since March 22, 1996, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Practical nursing has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1965. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • eight elected LPNs; and
  • four public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation

Amendments to the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
No proposed regulatory amendments at this time.  
Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. December 3, 2015
MO 402/2015
BC Reg 224/2015
Amends the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation to allow LPNs to provide services under the direction of a nurse practitioner, effective March 1, 2012. February 13, 2012
MO 024/2012
BC Reg 20/2012
Amends the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation to allow licensed practical nurses to compound, dispense or administer (orally or by intradermal, intramuscular or subcutaneous injection) Schedule II drugs for the purposes of immunization, without the direction of a medical practitioner or the supervision of a registered nurse. November 16, 2010
MO 320/2010
BC Reg 322/2010
Makes the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 243/2008
BC Reg 283/2008
Repeals the Licensed Practical Nurses Regulation (BC Reg 71/96), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of practical nursing under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Repeals the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act Regulations. May 6, 1998
OIC 586/98
Repeals Division 8 of the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act Regulations. March 22, 1996
OIC 393/96
BC Reg 74/96
Brings into force the repeal of the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act. March 22, 1996
OIC 390/96
BC Reg 72/96
Enacts the Licensed Practical Nurses Regulation. March 22, 1996
OIC 389/96
BC Reg 71/96
Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B: recognized practical nursing education programs. Filed August 4, 2017
In force October 3, 2017
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D: Fees. Filed August 3, 2017
In Force October 2, 2017
Amends the bylaws by amending/repealing and replacing sections 1, 15, 17, 22, 26, 27, 33, 37, 50(1), 53(e), 54, 56(3) and 66, and adding Part IV: Quality Assurance, section 69.1 regarding costs, Schedule E: Tariff of Costs for Investigations, and Schedule F: Tariff of Costs for Hearings and Discipline Committees. Filed January 17, 2017
In January 20, 2017
MO 018/2017
Amends the bylaws to authorize electronic elections procedures. Filed April 21, 2016
In Force May 2, 2016
MO 136/2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B (recognized education programs). Filed February 16, 2016
In Force April 16, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed December 3, 2015
In Force February 1, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B (recognized education programs). Filed September 22, 2015
In force
November 21, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed July 24, 2015
In force
September 22, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed September 18, 2014
In force November 17, 2014
Amends the bylaws by adding section 16.1 regarding powers of the Executive Committee, amending section 17 regarding committees generally, and repealing and replacing section 24 regarding the Finance and Audit Committee. Filed July 9, 2014
In force July 10, 2014
MO 232/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed July 9, 2014
In force September 7, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E regarding entry to practice competencies for licensed practical nurses. Filed March 27, 2014
In force May 26, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Part IV regarding registration, and making miscellaneous related amendments to other provision. Filed September 18, 2014
In force November 17, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B regarding recognized practical nursing education programs. Filed March 27, 2014
In force March 28, 2014
MO 099/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B (recognized education programs). Filed July 16, 2013
In force July 17,
2013
MO 160/2013
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing sections 26 (2) (d) and 32 (2) regarding year-end financial statements. Filed January 28, 2013
In force March 27, 2013
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed January 8, 2013
In force January 9, 2013
MO 004/2013
Amends the bylaws by repealing section 29 regarding payments and commitments Filed December 7, 2012
In force January 1, 2013
MO 259/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed April 30, 2012
In force May 7, 2012
MO 115/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D regarding fees. Filed October 31, 2011
In force November 1, 2011
MO 302/2011
Amends the bylaws by adding new Schedule E "Baseline Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses' Professional Practice". Filed April 4, 2011
In force April 5, 2011
MO 086/2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule B (recognized education programs). Filed May 11, 2009
In force July 10, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing section 36 (3). January 9, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws with respect to fees. September 15, 2000
OIC 1313/2000
Approves the bylaws of the College. May 6, 1998
OIC 586/98
 
Other Date
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to December 31, 1998. June 15, 1998
MO 234/98
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to May 31, 1998. June 27, 1998
MO 260/98
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before July 1, 1997. April 2, 1996
MO 153/96