Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Friday, January 23, 2015 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Naqvi,

    Thank you for the letter of greetings and congratulations that you sent to mark the Nursing in Custody: An Educational Conference for Forensic, Mental Health and Correctional Nurses organized by RNAO's Ontario Correctional Nurses’ Interest Group on Friday, December 5th, 2014. It was received with appreciation and enthusiasm by the participants, especially your commitment to a comprehensive Mental Health Strategy for Correctional Services and the introduction of 24/7 access to health care within correctional facilities.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    We are writing to request an urgent meeting with you to discuss how we can partner to ensure progress in Ontario's Diabetes Strategy.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 01:00

    Dear Angela,

    Thank you for your response on October 14, 2014 to RNAO's letter dated September 3, 2014 expressing concern with the CNO Council's decision to require an order for a registered nurse (RN) to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 00:00

    Dear Angela:

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is concerned with the approach taken by the Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) in a decision regarding psychotherapy on March 6, 2014. The minutes from this meeting indicate that Council “… supports that Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) require an order to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.” While we respect the Council’s mandate to protect the public interest, we do not feel that requiring an order to initiate psychotherapy is within the public interest.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 13:14

    Dear Premier Wynne:

    The Ontario Toxics Reduction Working Group offers its congratulations on your recent election victory. Our Working Group includes representation from the health, environment and labour sectors, and we welcome opportunities to assist the government in achieving its environmental and health agenda, including actions that would better inform Ontarians about their exposures to toxic substances and also reduce those exposures. The Ontario government has already taken a number of measures to reduce exposures to toxic substances, including the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act. Individually and collectively, our members and partners worked with government to develop and promote this legislation. We are working to help realize its full potential.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014 - 13:57

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    As health service providers committed to our not-for-profit, publicly funded health system, this joint letter urges you to immediately ban inbound medical tourism in Ontario. As we wrote to Premier Wynne on April 11, 2014, we are dismayed by the provincial government’s inaction to stop instances of medical tourism.

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 00:00

    Dear Minister Naqvi,

    As the evidence has made increasingly clear, transgender people are among the most vulnerable in our society. For that reason, RNAO was proud to be in the Legislature on June 13, 2012 when the historic Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression), passed Third Reading. We are deeply appreciative that you co-sponsored Toby’s Act with Cheri DiNovo of the New Democratic Party and Christine Elliott of the Progressive Conservatives to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to protect the human rights of transgender people. As health professionals devoted to improving health equity and as citizens, we also congratulate the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) for their recent publication, Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identity and Gender Expression, to help us all implement the letter and spirit of the Ontario Human Rights Code for all Ontarians.

  • Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:21

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    On behalf of Ontario's registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and nursing students (BScN), the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) extends its warmest congratulations on your election as Ontario's premier. As you know, RNAO is the professional body representing RNs, NPs and BScN students across the province.

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:25

    Dear Health Professional Regulatory Advisory Council,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional body representing registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) working in all practice settings in the province of Ontario. We are pleased to respond to HPRAC’s initial consultation request on the current model of foot care in Ontario. This submission was informed by consultation with four of RNAO's expert interest groups: 1) Diabetes Nursing Interest Group, 2) Ontario Family Practice Nurses, 3) Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group, and 4) Independent Practice Nurses Interest Group. We were also informed by dialogue with the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN). The purpose of this submission is to convey the important role of RNs and NPs in delivering foot care and the major issues facing patients, practitioners and the health system.

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 10:56

    Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the request for feedback made by College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) regarding Nurse Practitioner (NP) Draft Practice Expectations.