Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Policy Announcements & Updates

Policy Announcements & Updates

RNAO statement on government’s move to cancel basic income guarantee and roll back increases in social assistance

Ontario Basic Income Pilot

"Ontario's nurses are shocked by our new government's decision to reduce by half the planned three per cent increases in social assistance rates. The direct link between poverty and illness cannot be ignored. Social assistance rates are already dangerously low – leaving people struggling to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. More than 900,000 people relying on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program will be affected by this unfair decision, which is being taken with no consultation.

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RNAO continues to oppose paid plasma in Canada

As Canada marks the 20th anniversary of the tabling of the Krever Commission report in response to the tainted blood scandal, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) would like to reiterate its vigorous opposition to the expansion of for-profit plasma clinics. Both the Krever Commission and the World Health Organization are unequivocal in stating that "the safest blood donors are voluntary and non-remunerated."

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Nurses must be included in PTSD legislation

Ontario's RNs, NPs and nursing students are urging the provincial government to fix its mistake, and immediately add nurses to legislation that expedites access to treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Legislators unanimously passed Bill 163 recently, which gives Ontario's first responders a more direct path to treatment for PTSD. The bill is a major step toward eliminating barriers for suffering Ontarians, except for a glaring omission: the province's nurses.

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