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Who We Are

What is now known as the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (“CNAR”) was established in 2003 as a federation of national organizations whose provincial and territorial members are responsible for protecting the public through self-regulation.


Today, CNAR connects Canada's provincial and national regulators, licensing boards, accrediting agencies, examining bodies, and government officials at all levels to discuss challenges, share ideas and develop best practices related to a wide range of issues relevant to organizations engaged in the self-regulation of professions and occupations.


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Our Mission

To facilitate engagement among the Canadian professional regulatory community and to advance regulatory excellence through our programming.

Our Vision

A community of regulatory professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively regulate their professions in the public interest.


Our Goal

To be the trusted, leading resource for professional development and networking opportunities on professional regulation in Canada.


Our Values

Excellence. Superior performance and effectiveness as we serve the CNAR community and advance the organization’s mission. 
Community. Meaningful collaborative relationships that foster and honour respectful and diverse perspectives.
Innovation. Development and implementation of novel programming and strategic initiatives that enhance CNAR’s mission and our members’ experiences.



CNAR hosted its first virtual Annual Conference, attracting over 500 delegates.


CNAR Annual Conference, hosted in Quebec City, attracts almost 600 delegates from every province and territory in Canada.


CNAR launches its Corporate Partnership Program, formalizing relationships with four key organizations.


CNAR introduces a more inclusive membership model in which provincial organizations from the not-for-profit sector become eligible to join CNAR. CNAR’s organizational membership more than doubles by the end of the calendar year. CNAR hosts its largest annual Conference to date, with almost 400 delegates attending the event in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


CNAR launches its new website and self-serve member portal. The new site includes collaborative work spaces, searchable directories, event registration, a job board, and a survey tool.



CNNAR renamed the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) to embrace its growing membership. CNAR creates Communities of Interest for professional regulators to share information, best practices, and resources. CNAR adds investigations training to its roster of educational offerings.


CNNAR holds its first conference outside of Toronto, Ontario, and welcomes its largest number of attendees to date in Ottawa.


CNNAR contracts an association management company to provide support as it continues to grow, and adds topic-specific symposia to the yearly event calendar.


CNNAR hosts its first national conference, and follows with annual educational events.


CNNAR becomes a non-profit corporation under the Canada Corporations Act


CORA is renamed the Canadian Network of National Associations of Regulators (CNNAR) to better reflect the increasing need to address common issues at the national level


Engineers Canada and the Canadian Nurses Association discuss responding to changes to the Immigration Act.  They invited other national associations of regulators to join and created CORA, the Coalition of Regulatory-related Agencies (CORA). The first meeting welcomes 14 national organizations.

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