The Federal Government of Canada has made mental health a priority and taken an active role in supporting mental health. In June 2012 the Mental Health Commission of Canada followed up by launching a mental health strategy for Canada that focuses on “improving mental health and well-being... and creating together, a mental health system that can truly meet the needs of people of all ages living with mental health problems and illnesses, and their families.”

There is now increasing emphasis on RPNs having advanced preparation for employment within complex health care environments. Completion of the BPN facilitates opportunities for increased scope of practice and professional psychiatric/mental health nursing practice in a broader range of settings, including such areas as community mental health, counselling, family/group therapy, and forensics.