09/26/2012 07:13 EDT | Updated 11/26/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. nurses reach tentative contract deal

A tentative agreement on a two-year contract has been reached with British Columbia nurses, the provincial government has announced.

"This agreement offers solutions that benefit B.C.'s health system and help ensure future sustainability," Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid told reporters in Victoria Wednesday.

MacDiarmid said the agreement provides for modest improvements to compensation, as well as the addition of new nurses to the system.

The minister did not provide any details and said they would not be made available by the government until the deal is ratified by the province’s 32,000 nurses.

The B.C. Nurses’ Union said in March that they were not seeking a wage increase but did ask that 2,000 more nurses be added to the health system.