Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 14:43

    Hon. Merrilee Fullerton
    Minister of Long-Term Care

    Minister Fullerton,

    On behalf of the 42,000-plus members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Long-Term Care. We look forward to working with you to improve access to, and resident outcomes in, Ontario’s long-term care sector. We are hopeful that through you and your new Ministry this sector of our healthcare system will get the focus and attention required to address a number of systemic issues.

  • Monday, June 17, 2019 - 00:00

    Hon. Christine Elliott
    Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

    Dear Christine,

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is in receipt of your letter of June 13 to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) with respect to expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NP) and for registered practical nurses (RPN). We are gravely concerned with aspects of your directives to CNO and are seeking clarification on the following issues:

    Registered Nurse (RN) expanded scope

  • Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:42

    Hon. Doug Ford
    Legislative Building, Queen's Park
    Room 281
    Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

    Hon. Caroline Mulroney
    Attorney General
    Ministry of the Attorney General
    720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
    Toronto, ON M7A 2S9

    Dear Premier Ford and Attorney General Mulroney,

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:25

    Dear Minister Fedeli and Minister Elliott,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is concerned that the government's reform of alcohol policy to "modernize" alcohol sales is a danger to health and safety. RNAO agrees with the title of your 2019 Ontario Budget: Protecting What Matters Most and believes that what matters most is protecting the health and safety of the people of Ontario.

  • Friday, April 26, 2019 - 14:46

    Re: Potential changes to the definition of disability for the ODSP program

    Dear Minister MacLeod and Minister Elliott,

    Thank you for giving the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), along with several other associations, the opportunity to participate in a discussion on March 21, 2019 about the government's intention to develop a new definition of disability. After some additional consultation, analysis, and thought, RNAO would like to provide you with some additional feedback.

  • Monday, April 1, 2019 - 15:28

    Helen Angus Deputy Minister
    Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care College Park, 5th Floor
    777 Bay Street Toronto, ON M7A 2J3

    April 1, 2019

    Re: Transition of Nursing Human Resources from the LHINs to Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians (ECCO) model: Updated transitional structure

    Dear Helen,

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:30

    The Honourable Christine Elliott
    Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

    Re: Child & Youth Mental Health

    Last month, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced plans for two significant change initiatives: the formation of Ontario Health and the establishment of Ontario Health Teams. Combined with significant investments in mental health and addiction services, these changes have the potential to vastly improve how our health-care system is administered and how Ontarians experience the health-care system.

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:00

    Anne Coghlan, RN, MScN
    Executive Director and CEO

    Re: RNAO support of independent initiation of the controlled act of psychotherapy

    Dear Anne,

  • Friday, September 7, 2018 - 00:00

    Dear Minister MacLeod,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) wants to reinforce with you its grave concerns over the reforms to the social assistance system, announced July 31. These concerns are based on ethical grounds and on the impact the changes will have on population/Ontarians' health.

  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 20:30

    Dear Minister Elliott,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) was disappointed to learn that the province of Ontario was reviewing the evidence on supervised injection services (SIS) and overdose prevention services (OPS) to "see if they have merit and are worth continuing."  Will the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) be doing the same thing with intensive care units and emergency services to see if they offer value? Like care provided in hospitals, SIS and OPS are evidence-based health services that save lives every day.