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Action Alert
Stop fighting First Nation children in court: Concrete Action on Truth & Reconciliation
In the spirit of reconciliation, let’s ensure that First Nation children and their families are compensated for the harm caused by the inadequate and discriminatory funding of health, educational and social services to First Nation children.
Action Alert
Repeal Bill 124, premier!
Call on the premier to immediately exempt nurses and other health-care workers from Bill 124.
Action Alert
Premier Ford: Implement the 3 Mandatory Asks of Nurses
Let Premier Ford know that implementing our 3 Mandatory Asks is the best way to fight COVID-19 and transition out of the pandemic.

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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Person -centred

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
This is our regular monthly NP LTC Council that has been an important forum for NPs working in LTC.
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.