For the past several months, RNAO’s advocacy has been focused on two main priorities. One involves hiring and retaining RNs. Ontario has the second lowest RN-to-population ratio in the country. This isn’t good for patients and it isn’t good for the future of the profession. Our other priority is a higher minimum wage. Despite the Liberal’s government’s pledge to increase the minimum wage to $11 per hour, it’s not enough to make a difference in the lives of the working poor. RNAO, along with other health and poverty groups, believe a more reasonable and living wage is $14 per hour. That’s why our pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs reinforced the need for action on these two key issues in the next provincial budget.