Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • July 4, 2014

    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.

    Premier, we would also like to take this opportunity to call for two urgent actions to strengthen Ontario’s health system:

    1) immediately banning medical tourism, and 2) rejecting for-profit plasma collection.

  • April 16, 2014

    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:

  • April 9, 2014

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RNs) in all settings and roles across Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy. RNAO appreciates this opportunity to provide our written submission on Bill 135, Ryan’s Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools), 2013.

  • March 31, 2014

    Dear Deb,

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

  • February 26, 2014

    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.

  • January 31, 2014

    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.


  • January 28, 2014

    Dear Premier Wynne,

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

  • January 16, 2014

    Good afternoon. My name is Doris Grinspun and I am the CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). With me today is our senior economist, Kim Jarvi. RNAO is the professional association for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors in Ontario. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in enhancing the health of Ontarians. RNs know from personal experience the impact that budgets have on health, health care, and on the nursing profession; and we appreciate this opportunity to share our views on the 2014 Budget.

  • January 16, 2014

    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
  • January 13, 2014

    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.