The Canadian Health Network, Canada’s leading web-based source for health information, is slated for closure on March 31, 2008.
As a national, bilingual, non-commercial, and quality-assessed web portal for health information, the Canadian Health Network has been providing a significant service for Canadians since 1999. CHN is used by approximately 381,000 people per month, which is up 70 per cent over 2006. It is a trusted service that Ontarians use daily to help navigate an overwhelming amount of conflicting opinion and marketing on the web to get to evidence to inform health and health-care decisions.
Health professionals make up 39 per cent of visitors, with nurses compromising the largest segment of health professional users at 14 per cent. The closure of CHN will mean the loss of a health education tool that nurses find invaluable for our nursing practice.
At a more systemic level, we find it unfathomable that the federal government would decimate a trusted resource that has taken eight years to build up in order to save $7 million just as the final surplus for the 2006-2007 fiscal year was $13.8 billion.
What RNAO has done
RNAO and CHNIG have sent an open letter to Federal Minister of Health Tony Clement urging him to save the Canadian Health Network. You can view the letter here  [PDF - 44 KB].
What you can do
Write a letter to Minister Clement directly through our website. You can send our sample letter as is, or modify it as you wish, perhaps with personal examples of how the CHN has helped you in your practice. Please make sure to sign your name and RN title at the bottom of the letter.
You may also wish to sign a petition to save the CHN at
For more information about how you can help save the Canadian Health Network, contact Friends of CHN at firstname.lastname@example.org .