Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • 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.

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:55

    RE: “Purpose” requirement in orders to dispense medication

    Dear Anne,

    The Registered Nurses’ of Ontario (RNAO) welcomes legislative and regulatory amendments which now provide registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) with access to the controlled act of dispensing. However, we have received concern from our membership regarding the revised Medication Practice Standard. Specifically, our concern relates to the requirement that RNs and RPNs:

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 - 00:00

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    We are dismayed by our government’s apparent support for the active pursuit of ‘medical tourism’.

    As health service providers committed to a public health care system which ensures universal care based on need not ability to pay, we are deeply concerned by the seemingly open approval by Minister Matthews of a system that allows medical tourists to gain special access to the health care system. The public wants, and needs, a clear signal from you that it is not “open season” on our operating rooms and clinical facilities.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:17

    Dear Deb,

    Re: Removal of legislative/regulatory barrier to allow Nurse Practitioners to prescribe testosterone

    In October 2013, the Federal government brought into effect, the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This change authorizes nurse practitioners to prescribe, administer and provide certain controlled substances in accordance with the Benzodiazepines and other Targeted Substances Regulations, Part G of the Food and Drug Regulations and the Narcotic Control Regulations. Some provinces are working to amend their laws to permit NPs to prescribe controlled substances under these federal regulations and it is in this context that I am writing to you.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:16

    Dear Minister Matthews,

    This letter is to urge the government of Ontario to expand the current publicly funded Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program targeted to females to a universal model that would be gender inclusive for all, including males.

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 00:00

    Dear Ms. Lee:

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) we support the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council’s (HPRAC) finding that:

    … the applicant did not pass the risk of harm threshold. Changing the regulatory regime from indirect regulation by government to self-regulation by the profession is not in the public interest. Public safety and quality of care are sufficiently upheld at this time through the current oversight system.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:00

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    Thank you very much for your response to our request from January 27th, to raise the minimum wage rate in the next provincial budget to $14 per hour.

  • Friday, January 31, 2014 - 16:52

    In 2006, the Ontario Government established the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA). The purpose of this act is to:

    … provide for an integrated health system to improve the health of Ontarians through better access to high quality health services, co-ordinated health care in local health systems and across the province and effective and efficient management of the health system at the local level by local health integration networks.