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Frequently Asked Questions – Assessment

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Quebec’s professional system has given the professional orders collective responsibility for overseeing and improving their members’ practice so as to protect the public.

What does the OIIQ do?

  • Supports the recognition and development of its members’ skills;
  • Ensures the quality and safety of nursing care provided by its members;
  • Guides the development of the profession;
  • Takes positions on social issues relating to health care.

For more information on what your assessment is used for, we suggest you see the explanatory document on the 2017-2018 assessment (in French only), presented to delegates at the 2016 AGM.

2017-2018 assessment 

n accordance with the Professional Code and the Nurses Act, the amount of the assessment was first set by the OIIQ Board of Directors, mainly by taking the Order’s obligations into account.

Then, at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting, information concerning the assessment was published on the OIIQ website. Nurses elected as delegates by members at the annual general meetings of their regional orders were invited to consult this material. The invitation was sent out by e-mail or regular mail, for those who had not given the Order an e-mail address.

The OIIQ Board of Directors then recommended that the assessment be indexed. The first part of the indexed amount allows the Order to meet its obligations as defined in the Professional Code, and so was not submitted to delegates for approval. The second part is needed to allow the Order to maintain its activities to support and develop the nursing profession, and hence to fulfil its mission of public protection. It corresponds to the Bank of Canada’s target average inflation rate. As required by law, this amount was submitted for approval to the delegates at the OIIQ Annual General Meeting. They had the opportunity to debate it and the majority approved the indexed portion of the assessment when it was submitted to a vote.

The delegates understood that indexing the assessment was required to ensure continuity in the Order’s operations, so that it can maintain its activities aimed at supporting and developing the nursing profession.

They also felt that annual indexation, in the form of gradual adjustments, was preferable to a sudden substantial increase to catch up later. Many members expressed this view, in fact, at the AGM or in messages to the Order.

Lastly, the delegates saw it as a responsible and prudent action that would give the Order the required financial margin of manoeuvre to adequately fulfil its mission of public protection and, more generally, of advancing the profession.

In addition to the annual assessment, the amount includes professional liability insurance, the contribution to the Office des professions du Québec, and taxes.

Under the current process for paying the assessment, the Order already has to keep track of more than 74,000 transactions, given the number of members. Allowing members to pay the assessment in several instalments would increase the Order’s management costs and add administrative fees for members.

The Order is dedicated to managing its members’ collective assets with efficiency and transparency, and over the years has adopted various measures to ensure sound governance and good management practices. The volume of the Order’s activities is constantly growing, in particular requests for advice and information received and handled by the different departments. This has had an impact on the revenue required to keep the organization running smoothly.

In terms of sound management of resources, the Order has taken the following steps: 

  • Strategically managing its Head Office staff. This workforce corresponds to a ratio of 2.2 employees per 1,000 members, one of the lowest among professional orders in the healthcare field.
  • Introducing a new platform for managing member services, to improve OIIQ members’ experience in dealing with the Order.
  • Reviewing the processes in several departments, so as to improve their efficiency and the quality of their operations and control costs.
  • Setting up a forum on providing continuing education, so as to develop training at the best possible cost and facilitate access to training. 

The amount of the assessment is generally deductible from both federal and provincial income taxes, unless it is paid by your employer. The OIIQ cannot comment on specific cases, however, and invites members to consult a tax professional to find out whether they can deduct the amount of their assessment from their income taxes.

Firstly, it is a matter of basic fairness to all members. It would be difficult to come up with objective criteria for exceptional cases in which someone could pay less than the annual assessment. From an administrative viewpoint, it would be complex and costly to evaluate all the requests for special consideration, given the number of OIIQ members.

Secondly, the financial impact of dividing up the assessment in this way would mean increasing other members’ assessments so as to guarantee the OIIQ the stable revenue it needs to operate.

Your annual assessment can be compared with a driver's licence: you must pay the fees every year to maintain the privilege of driving, whether or not you use your car.