Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • 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.

  • March 31, 2014

    Dear Minister Matthews,

    This letter is to urge the government of Ontario to expand the current publicly funded Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program targeted to females to a universal model that would be gender inclusive for all, including males.

  • March 10, 2014

    Dear Ms. Lee:

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) we support the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council’s (HPRAC) finding that:

    … the applicant did not pass the risk of harm threshold. Changing the regulatory regime from indirect regulation by government to self-regulation by the profession is not in the public interest. Public safety and quality of care are sufficiently upheld at this time through the current oversight system.
  • 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

    Introduction:
    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.

    The minimum wage has been frozen, since 2010, at $10.25 per hour. Nurses know this has had a serious, negative impact on minimum wage workers in Ontario. With rising cost of food, rent and electricity, a worker employed full-time on the minimum wage, now has an income that is 19 per cent below the poverty line. It is unacceptable to us that someone working hard at 40 hours a week, on minimum wage, should still be living in poverty in a province as affluent as Ontario. The province’s 534,000 minimum wage workers deserve much better.

  • January 27, 2014

    Introduction: 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 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.

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