Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Coming Together, Moving Forward: Building the Next Chapter of Ontario’s Rural, Remote and Northern Nursing Workforce

Nearly two million Canadians live in rural, remote and northern settings, yet these communities have difficulties recruiting and retaining nurses.

To address the health needs of Ontarians living in these areas, RNAO created the Rural, Remote and Northern Area – Nursing Task Force.

This provincial task force was launched in April 2014 to identify the barriers and enablers affecting recruitment and retention of RNs, NPs and RPNs in rural, remote and northern areas, and propose recommendations that build a sustainable workforce.

Co-chaired by David McNeil, VP Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at Health Sciences North and RNAO past-president, and Louise Paquette, Chief Executive Officer of the North East LHIN, the task force was comprised of people from rural, remote and northern areas and engaged the voice of nurses and others across the province.

The task force is pleased to release its final report entitled: ‘Coming Together, Moving Forward: Building the Next Chapter of Ontario’s Rural, Remote and Northern Nursing Workforce’.

This report is accompanied by a number of technical backgrounders that describe the methodology and findings from the task force’s processes.

Resource Type: 
Report