Policy & political action

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Action Alert
We need you in this fight now, premier!
When we needed a full lockdown, the premier gave us something called a “shutdown.” Instead of the public measures necessary to curb the growth of dangerous COVID variants, we got word play.
Action Alert
An urgent call for more nurse practitioners (NP)
Join our call for more Nurse practitioner-led clinics and Attending NPs in long- term care.
Action Alert
Let’s make pharmacare happen!
On February 24th, MPs will vote on pharmacare. Tell the prime minister that you expect our federal government to fully support Bill C-213 and establish national pharmacare. 

Current issues

Care delivery
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.
Black Nurses Task Force webinars
Join us for our monthly webinar series hosted by our Black Nurses Task Force and engage in meaningful conversations to tackle anti-Black racism and discrimination within the nursing profession.
NP Virtual Institute
RNAO’s second annual NP Institute is a one day virtual event for nurse practitioners (NPs) to network, engage and learn. We will explore topics related to policy, clinical practice, quality improvement (QI) and patient safety, leadership, and research.