Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • February 23, 2001
    IntroductionThe past decade has been extremely challenging for Ontario’s registered nurses. Dramatic fluctuations in employment opportunities, driven by funding cuts and short-sighted policy initiatives 1, led many RNs to leave the province, the country and even the profession. By 1998, Ontario ranked last in the country in the ratio of nurses per population.In 1999, the Ontario government committed to funding 12,000 new, permanent nursing positions (registered nurse and registered practical nurse) before the end of 2000.