Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO’s pre-budget response: Investing in health in Ontario

RNAO is calling on the Ontario government to invest in four urgent health issues as they prepare to release the spring budget. 

Speaking with Finance Minister Rod Phillips and Health Minister Christine Elliott on Jan. 21, RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun and Senior Economist Kim Jarvi attended a roundtable discussion in Aurora to speak about investing in health system reform, primary care, long-term care and the opioid overdose crisis. 

In our submission, RNAO recommends: 

  • Commit to adding 2,500 RN Full-Time Equivalents per year to begin catching up with the rest of the country’s RN-to-patient ratios.
  • Transfer funding as appropriate to ensure that the 4,500 RNs currently working as care coordinators in LHINs are transitioned to primary care and other community-based organizations with their compensation and contracts intact.
  • Release the funding committed for the remaining 15 Attending NP positions in long-term care of the 75 positions that were to be released in the current budget year and commit to funding to add 50 Attending NPs in long-term care positions per year.

Read our full submission online

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