Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • August 19, 2014

    Dear Premier Wynne:

    The Ontario Toxics Reduction Working Group offers its congratulations on your recent election victory. Our Working Group includes representation from the health, environment and labour sectors, and we welcome opportunities to assist the government in achieving its environmental and health agenda, including actions that would better inform Ontarians about their exposures to toxic substances and also reduce those exposures. The Ontario government has already taken a number of measures to reduce exposures to toxic substances, including the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act. Individually and collectively, our members and partners worked with government to develop and promote this legislation. We are working to help realize its full potential.

  • August 18, 2014

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    As health service providers committed to our not-for-profit, publicly funded health system, this joint letter urges you to immediately ban inbound medical tourism in Ontario. As we wrote to Premier Wynne on April 11, 2014, we are dismayed by the provincial government’s inaction to stop instances of medical tourism.

  • July 29, 2014

    Dear Minister Naqvi,

    As the evidence has made increasingly clear, transgender people are among the most vulnerable in our society. For that reason, RNAO was proud to be in the Legislature on June 13, 2012 when the historic Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression), passed Third Reading. We are deeply appreciative that you co-sponsored Toby’s Act with Cheri DiNovo of the New Democratic Party and Christine Elliott of the Progressive Conservatives to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to protect the human rights of transgender people. As health professionals devoted to improving health equity and as citizens, we also congratulate the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) for their recent publication, Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identity and Gender Expression, to help us all implement the letter and spirit of the Ontario Human Rights Code for all Ontarians.

  • 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.

  • July 2, 2014

    Dear Health Professional Regulatory Advisory Council,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional body representing registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) working in all practice settings in the province of Ontario. We are pleased to respond to HPRAC’s initial consultation request on the current model of foot care in Ontario. This submission was informed by consultation with four of RNAO's expert interest groups: 1) Diabetes Nursing Interest Group, 2) Ontario Family Practice Nurses, 3) Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group, and 4) Independent Practice Nurses Interest Group. We were also informed by dialogue with the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN). The purpose of this submission is to convey the important role of RNs and NPs in delivering foot care and the major issues facing patients, practitioners and the health system.

  • June 3, 2014

    Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the request for feedback made by College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) regarding Nurse Practitioner (NP) Draft Practice Expectations.

  • 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 11, 2014

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    We are dismayed by our government’s apparent support for the active pursuit of ‘medical tourism’.

    As health service providers committed to a public health care system which ensures universal care based on need not ability to pay, we are deeply concerned by the seemingly open approval by Minister Matthews of a system that allows medical tourists to gain special access to the health care system. The public wants, and needs, a clear signal from you that it is not “open season” on our operating rooms and clinical facilities.

  • 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

    In October 2013, the Federal government brought into effect, the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This change authorizes nurse practitioners to prescribe, administer and provide certain controlled substances in accordance with the Benzodiazepines and other Targeted Substances Regulations, Part G of the Food and Drug Regulations and the Narcotic Control Regulations. Some provinces are working to amend their laws to permit NPs to prescribe controlled substances under these federal regulations and it is in this context that I am writing to you.

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