Policy & political action

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Action Alert
Mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all health-care workers, premier!
Rules for vaccination should not be left to individual employers. Now is the time for Ontario to demonstrate leadership in this critical issue by mandating vaccination for all health care workers.
Action Alert
Ensure the safe reopening of schools, premier!
Premier, we call on you to issue the government’s plan. Time is of the essence to protect us all from a fourth COVID-19 wave driven by the dangerous Delta variant, which targets the unvaccinated.
Action Alert
Call on elected leaders to step up and end the opioid crisis!
Across this country, in urban and rural Canada and in every province and territory, the opioid overdose crisis rages on. Call on those elected to all orders of government to bring this public health crises to an end.

Current issues

Long-term care and rehab
Long-term care
An aging long-term care resident population with increasing medical complexity calls for increased care from staff with the right skill mix, yet Ontario continues to underfund and understaff homes. Residents and staff deserve better.
Nursing policy
Chronic underfunding and understaffing across all health sectors in Ontario, and the relentless replacement of RNs and NPs with less qualified health-care workers, is challenging the effectiveness of RNs and NPs and the system as a whole.
Opioid overdose crisis
The opioid overdose crisis has gotten worse during COVID-19. RNAO continues to advocate for a harm reduction approach that respects basic human dignity and the rights of people who use substances.

Our vision

Our vision is of an Ontario that creates the conditions for health and wellness for everyone by addressing the many determinants of health.

That means a system that is:


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with interprofessional care teams anchored in the communities where people live, work and play.


where care is coordinated so that transitions from sector to sector, service to service, are seamless.

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where a person and their support system are viewed as a whole and empowered to be genuine partners for their own health.

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Publicly funded and not-for-profit

so that it is efficient and sustainable and everyone, no matter their means, receives the care they require.


where deliberate efforts are made to decrease gaps in health outcomes, services and experiences.


Upcoming events

COVID-19 Webinar Series
The COVID-19 vaccine will change the course of this pandemic. As millions of people are getting immunized, how can we as health-care workers become champions for this vaccine?
NPs in long-term care council webinar
Please join us for our upcoming NP LTC Council webinar. By popular request, we are focusing our July webinar on the Serious Illness Conversation Program.
Continuing the Conversation: An Open Forum for Nurses
RNAO facilitates open discussions and holds breakout sessions for participants to discuss themes identified in the previous forums, such as dealing with multiple losses, taking care of yourself, burnout and more.

Find policy files

The RNAO policy library provides search for all our policy resources.