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Renewal 2023-2024: Registration on the Rise in Alberta

Oct. 31, 2023

The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) is pleased to share record-breaking permit renewal numbers for the 2023-2024 practice year. Registrants, including registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are required to renew their permits annually to ensure that they meet the requirements to safely practise in Alberta.

40,349 registrants renewed their permits for 2023-2024 practice year, including 39,538 registered nurses (including graduate nurses and certified graduate nurses) and 807 nurse practitioners (including graduate nurse practitioners). Overall, the CRNA has seen an additional 3,896 registrants renew, which represents an increase of 10.6 per cent from the previous practice year.

"The record-breaking permit renewal numbers for the 2023-2024 practice year demonstrate the dedication of our registrants and our unwavering commitment to ensuring the health care system in this province remains robust and responsive." - Joy Peacock, CEO and Registrar, College of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Changes to College processes and the leveraging of technology have made the renewal process easy, efficient and predictable for registrants, with the majority only taking half an hour to complete their renewal applications. The processing of renewal applications was also incredibly efficient with 99 per cent of processing completed by Sept. 30, showcasing the College's dedication to ensuring that nurses can continue their crucial work without unnecessary delays.

The renewal statistics and ongoing interest from first-time applicants to the CRNA indicate that Alberta is a destination of choice for health care professionals. Throughout the year nurses continue to join the register as new graduates, transfers from other Canadian or international jurisdictions, or by returning to practice after taking a leave. The increase in registrants for the 2023-2024 practice year will benefit the health care system in rural and urban centres across the province.

The CRNA is committed to meeting and exceeding its legislative responsibilities by using a Right-touch regulatory approach which balances improving processes and innovation with protecting the public and serving Albertans.

For more information on renewal:

2023-2024 Permit Renewals

Registration Data Explained