Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:26

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    Ontario's nurses urge you to increase the minimum wage in the next provincial budget, to $14.00 per hour.

    The minimum wage has been frozen, since 2010, at $10.25 per hour. Nurses know this has had a serious, negative impact on minimum wage workers in Ontario. With rising cost of food, rent and electricity, a worker employed full-time on the minimum wage, now has an income that is 19 per cent below the poverty line. It is unacceptable to us that someone working hard at 40 hours a week, on minimum wage, should still be living in poverty in a province as affluent as Ontario. The province’s 534,000 minimum wage workers deserve much better.

  • Monday, January 27, 2014 - 16:15

    Introduction: 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.

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 14:33

    Ontario Pre-Budget 2014: Finding the Right Balance - Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

    Summary of Recommendations

    Fiscal Capacity

    1. Ensure the fiscal capacity to deliver all essential health, health care, social, and environmental services by building a more progressive tax system
  • Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:00

    Good morning,

    My name is Kathy Moreland Layte. I am a registered nurse and professor of nursing from Kitchener, Ontario. I am here today representing the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 01:00

    Dear Tamara,

    Thank you for your e-mail correspondence on December 5, 2013 inviting the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) to participate in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s consultation on community paramedicine (CPM).

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:28

    Dear Premier Wynne and Esteemed MPPs,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) appreciates Jeff Yurek's leadership in bringing forward his private member's bill, Ryan's Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools), 2013 in the wake of the tragic death of his 12-year-old constituent, Ryan Gibbons. The purpose of this letter is to urge all three political parties to channel the compassion and support that they provided to Ryan's mother, Sandra Gibbons, during second reading debate on December 5, 2013 into swift implementation of legislation that will improve student safety.

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 - 01:00

    Dear Attorney General:
    Re: Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013

    (Via Email)

    We are writing to you about the status of Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013 which you introduced in the Ontario Legislature on June 4, 2013. The Bill has been in second reading debates since September 25, 2013. We request that you take all the necessary steps to ensure the Bill passes second reading and is referred to Committee before the Legislature rises for the holiday break on December 13th.

  • Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:37

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    We are writing to you in follow-up to our letter of October 15, 2013, to you and to Minister Deb Matthews (please see attached). To date we have not heard back from you.

    Ontario’s registered nurses have watched with growing concern as their employment opportunities have dwindled in recent years. Many have lived through the previous cycle of layoffs when Premier Mike Harris likened nurses to hula hoops, and we wish to avoid a repeat at all costs.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:43

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing nurses, in all settings and roles across Ontario. It is the strong credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 17:15

    Dear Minister Matthews:

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association
    representing Registered Nurses (RNs) working in all roles and sectors in Ontario, is gravely concerned with the evolving nursing health human resources crisis being experienced across the province.