Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Friday, April 26, 2019 - 13:46

    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 - 14:28

    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 - 08:30

    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 - 00:00

    Anne Coghlan, RN, MScN
    Executive Director and CEO

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

    Dear Anne,

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 23:00

    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 - 19:30

    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.

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:02

    Dear Councillor Mihevc and members of the Board of Health,

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 09:11

    June 6, 2018

    Proposed annual membership fee and application fee increases

    Dear Dalton and Anne,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) was pleased to respond to the CNO's survey on fee increases on June 1, 2018. To reiterate the feedback that we submitted online, RNAO recommends the following:

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 13:54

    Dear Anne,

    Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed changes to the information displayed on CNO's public register, Find a Nurse, when an NP does not have the authority to prescribe controlled substances.

    As you know, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been a long-standing advocate of the need to expand NPs' scope of practice to include narcotics. Extending NPs' authority to prescribe controlled substances is a positive change that improves access to health care for patients across the province.

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 00:00

    Dear Minister Jaczek,

    As you know, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been fiercely advocating for transformative changes to Ontario's social assistance system for at least a decade. Ontario's registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and nursing students see every day the devastating health and social impacts of income insecurity, including those caused by dangerously low social assistance rates and an often punitive, hard-to-navigate system.