Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Tell Premier Ford, Health Minister Elliott and Finance Minister Fedeli that people in Ontario need more RNs

There is clear evidence that links the care provided by registered nurses (RN) with better health outcomes, improved patient satisfaction, and health system cost-effectiveness. Despite advocacy by the RNAO to educate Ontario’s political parties about this evidence, the ratio of RN-to-population in the province continues to fall.

For the third year in a row, the number of RNs-per-population in Ontario is the lowest in the country.

Figures released on June 14 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show that Ontario’s RN-to-population ratio continues its downward trend. CIHI figures show the province has only 669 RNs per 100,000 people, compared to 828 RNs per 100,000 people across the rest of Canada. This puts patients at risk.

Ontarians need more RNs. The majority of patients in acute care and cancer care hospitals have complex needs and require the expert knowledge, competencies, and judgment of RNs.

That’s why the RNAO is calling on Premier Doug Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli to increase the number of RNs in Ontario by:

1. Directing hospitals to immediately post and fill the 10,000 RN vacancies

2. Directing hospitals to ensure that all new nursing hires in acute care and cancer care hospitals be RNs

These are the vital actions required to make progress on hallway nursing.

Copies will be sent to:

  • Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minster of Finance
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • John Fraser, Interim Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • Michael Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
  • France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt
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