CANAC Membership


  • Regional, national and international networking
  • Opportunities for involvement through board, committees and special project activities
  • Access to up-to-date information, resources and links on our web site
  • Reduced registration fee for the Annual CANAC Conference
  • Access to CANAC newsletters and e-updates
  • Complimentary copies of all publications produced by the Association
  • Eligibility for the CANAC Awards of Excellence
  • Write the ACRN (USA) HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification exam at the ANAC rate
  • Job Board posting employment opportunities in HIV/AIDS nursing

CANAC is a national professional nursing organization with four categories of membership all of which end October 31 of the calendar year. Individuals/groups joining after September 1st are given extended membership for the balance of the fiscal year for a total of 14 months of membership.


For registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses, registered practical nurses and licensed practical nurses that currently hold an active nursing license or registration.  

Members shall:

  • have full voting privileges
  • be eligible to hold office and sit on committees
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For all other registered/licensed health professionals (including social workers, dieticians, physicians and other allied professions) and full-time students committed to supporting CANAC’s mission are eligible for a reduced membership rate. 

Members shall:

  • be voting members
  • be eligible to sit on committees

Student members who hold a valid nursing license are also eligible to hold office.


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Peer membership is open to any person living with HIV committed to supporting CANAC’s mission.

Members shall:

  • be non-voting members
  • be eligible to sit on committees
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For non-public funded or social care organizations, non-governmental organizations and community based organizations engaged in the provision of HIV/AIDS related services, committed to supporting CANAC’s mission.

Members shall:

  • be voting members (if members hold a valid nursing license), and able to cast one vote on behalf of their whole organization. 
  • be eligible to have one representative sit on committees

If no member has a nursing license, the organization is deemed a ‘Non voting member’. Organizational Members who hold a valid nursing license are also able to hold office

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Honorary Membership

Honorary members shall be nurses who meet the Regular Membership criteria and who have received unanimous approval of the Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding contributions in support of the mission of the Association. Honorary members shall have the same rights and privileges as any other member in good standing but will be exempt from paying annual dues.

Group Membership

CANAC will offer a reduced rate of $40 per person, where a health organization is registering membership for over 20 members of staff. To qualify for the reduced rate, all membership applications must be received at the same time using the Group Registration form.


Join or renew by mail

If you wish to join or renew your membership by mail, complete this membership application form and return it, along with a cheque payable to CANAC, to the address below:

Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care
St Paul’s Hospital B553 
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC   V6Z 1Y6