My name is Aric Rankin. I am a nurse practitioner and I’m representing the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). We are the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. The region I represent includes Brant-Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton and Niagara. I thank you for the opportunity to offer RNAO’s recommendations on two important issues facing nurse practitioners: 1) unfreeze NP compensation, and 2) implement immediate regulatory changes to authorize NPs to prescribe all controlled drugs and substances, including methadone, testosterone and suboxone.