Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

RNAO's federal and provincial pre-budget submissions 2021







Federal pre-budget submission

Feb. 19, 2021

RNAO welcomes the opportunity to present to the federal Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and Associate Minister of Finance Mona Fortier the views of Ontario’s nurses concerning Canada’s spending priorities.

Canada has suffered a very sharp, pandemic‐driven economic contraction. The economic devastation wrought by COVID‐19, much like its health impacts, have been disproportionately and punishingly borne by low‐income, under‐ and un‐housed and racialized groups of the population. Ontario’s nurses are anxious to defeat COVID‐19 so that Canada can fully turn its attention and efforts to a just recovery for all. Canada must focus both on taming the pandemic and on planning for a recovery that will make the country healthier for all – particularly its most vulnerable members.  

In this submission, RNAO focuses on:  

  1. Standards for safe and dignified care in Canada’s LTC homes;  
  2. Access for all Canadians to essential drugs;  
  3. Canada’s decade‐old opioid overdose crisis;  
  4. The need and right for all Canadians to have safe and affordable housing; 
  5. Protecting the planet and its resources;  
  6. The need to expand fiscal capacity to deliver a healthy society and a healthy environment; and 
  7. The need to re‐instate the role of a national Chief Nursing Officer.


Provincial pre-budget submission

Feb. 12, 2021

RNAO welcomes the opportunity to present the views of nurses on Ontario’s spending priorities to the minister of finance.

Ontario has been hit by a very sharp, pandemic-driven economic contraction. The economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, much like its health impacts, has been disproportionately and punishingly borne by low-income and racialized groups of the population. Like all Ontarians, nurses are anxious to defeat COVID-19 so the province can fully turn its attention and efforts to a just recovery for all. At this moment in time, however, COVID-19 and economic recovery are inextricably linked. There can be no economic recovery until COVID-19 is suffocated.


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