Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • January 18, 2016

    Good Afternoon:

    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.

  • January 16, 2016

    Canada has international human rights obligations to address the gender wage gap under the Convention Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women for Work of Equal Value and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Although these Conventions were ratified by Canada in 1972 and 1981 respectively, Canada is moving in the wrong direction on this imperative for human rights.

  • December 21, 2015

    Dear Minister Philpott,

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), we want to reiterate our delight with your appointment as Minister of Health for the Government of Canada. We also want to wish you a magic holiday season and a healthy and fulfilling 2015 year!

    As the professional association that represents registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and nursing students who live, work and study in communities across Ontario, we take our commitment to speak out for nursing and health very seriously.

  • December 17, 2015

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students, we extend our gratitude to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the opportunity to provide feedback on a proposed framework for infectious disease threats.

  • December 17, 2015

    As a fitting way to mark Human Rights Day on December 10, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) urges the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to strengthen the proposed draft regulation, Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances – Prohibition and Duties, pertaining to the Police Services Act.

  • December 17, 2015

    See document.

  • November 30, 2015

    RNAO Recommendations

    • Ensure adequate time for research, thought, and meaningful consultation for complex pieces of legislation that fundamentally impact health and human rights.
    • Pass Bill 122, with amendments, so that the Mental Health Act will be in compliance with Charter rights.
    • Revise Bill 122 to amend section 15 of the Mental Health Act so that NPs are authorized, as are physicians, to complete an Application for Psychiatric Assessment or Form 1.

  • November 17, 2015

    Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne,

    Registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students are thrilled at the prospect of meaningful federal-provincial partnerships. Prime Minister Trudeau's open letter to Canadians upon taking office affirmed that "we made a commitment to invest in growing our economy, strengthening our middle class, and helping those working hard to join it." A critical means of achieving all three is through federal and provincial investments in affordable housing - we call on you to take swift action.

  • November 3, 2015

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in Ontario. One of RNAO's roles is to advocate for healthy public policy. We welcome this opportunity to provide input to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) regarding posting 15-HLTC030 under Regulation 965 of the Public Hospitals Act, 1990.

  • October 29, 2015

    Dear Mr. Trudeau:

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), we are delighted to congratulate you and the Liberal Party on the recent election win and the overwhelming mandate Canadians gave you to form the next federal government.

    As the professional association that represents registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students who live, work and study in communities across Ontario, we take our commitment to speak out for nursing and health very seriously.