Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Challenges facing home and community care must be addressed by government


TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2007 – A group of registered nurses who provide care in homes and communities will gather for a round table discussion with federal NDP MP Peggy Nash in Toronto tomorrow to press for changes to home and community-based health care across Canada.

More and more Canadians require care and support at home. Home care plays a critical role in helping older people, those living with a chronic illness or disability, and those recovering from surgery maintain their independence. Home care also plays an increasing role in health promotion and disease prevention. Yet, home care is not part of the Canada Health Act. The nurses say that has resulted in a patchwork of services across the country, varying levels of accessibility for those services, and a lack of accountability in terms of what each government is expected to provide for its residents.

The nursing groups say there needs to be an open dialogue with politicians about the importance of implementing national standards and ensuring appropriate planning and funding for this sector so all Canadians have access to the level and quality of care they deserve. According to figures from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Canada’s commitment ranks well below that of its counterparts. OECD countries spend approximately 0.33 per cent of GDP on home care, while Canada spends 0.17 per cent of GDP on the sector.


  • Round table discussion on home care involving nurses who represent the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Saint Elizabeth Health Care and VON Canada


  • NDP MP Peggy Nash
  • Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Nancy Lefebre, Chief Clinical Executive, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Joan Lesmond, Executive Director, Community Engagement, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Sue Matthews, National Executive Director Disease Management and Ontario Vice-President Operations and Chief of Practice, VON Canada
  • RNs who work in home care and community care


  • Constituency office of Peggy Nash, 2849 Dundas Street West, Toronto


  • Nov. 7, 2007 from12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied 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.

Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization that shares its talent and wisdom nationally and internationally through direct care and service, consultation, and education and e-learning to support the transformation of care for families, health organizations and communities.

VON is dedicated to being a leader in the delivery of innovative comprehensive health and social services and to influencing the development of health and social policy in Canada. We are a national health organization and registered charity offering a wide range of community health care solutions that meet the needs of Canadians from coast to coast. VON is committed to continuous quality improvement and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605