Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Nurses list their top priorities for the coming budget


TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2015 – Representatives from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) will be dispensing budgetary advice when they appear before an all-party finance committee Thursday, Jan. 29 at Queen’s Park.

The Ontario government is expected to introduce a budget sometime this spring. The province's nurses want the committee to consider budget proposals they say will help keep Ontarians healthy and ensure nurses can continue to deliver quality health care. Among the recommendations being put forth are: an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $14 per hour as a key social determinant of health, a ban on medical tourism enshrined in legislation to protect the health system, and follow-through on the government's commitment to allow RNs to prescribe medication – a move RNAO says will improve timely access to health services.

WHO: Tim Lenartowych, RNAO’s Associate Director of Nursing and Health Policy and Kim Jarvi, RNAO’s Senior Economist

WHAT: RNAO will present its budget recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

WHERE: Committee Room 151, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park.

WHEN: 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses 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. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For a copy of RNAO’s budget submission or to arrange an interview with an RN, please contact:

Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209