Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 23:00

    Dear David,

    First, let me extend on behalf of Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), a warm welcome and congratulations on your recent appointment as the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. We at RNAO look very much forward to working with you to build healthier communities in our province. To this end, we are asking to meet with you to discuss perspectives and collaboration.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 23:00

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in Ontario, we thank the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) for the opportunity to review the draft guidance on nurses’ roles in offering medical assistance in dying. Given the timelines and pressing deadlines, RNAO has conducted a rapid review of the document and this review could be complemented by additional dialogue with the CNO. In the meantime, the draft document is a step in the right direction during a fluid situation at the federal/provincial levels.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 23:00

    Thank you very much for meeting with me on April 21. I agreed to follow-up with you and convey, in writing, my concerns regarding the privatization of

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 23:00

    The need to prevent and manage dementia in Canada is critical. In 2011, 747,000 Canadians lived with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD). This amounted to 14.9 per cent of Canadians 65 and older (Alzheimer Society, 2012). By 2031, the number of Canadians living with dementia will increase to 1.4 million (Alzheimer Society, 2012). Dementia does not discriminate. It impacts people of all socioeconomic classes, genders, ethnicities, and is not just a disease of older persons. For example, roughly 1 in 1000 people under the age of 65 develop dementia (Alzheimer Society Canada, 2015).

  • Friday, April 8, 2016 - 13:39

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is dismayed with the exclusion of nurses in Bill 163. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as the “exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation” (APA, 2013, pg1).

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 23:00

    RNAO welcomes the introduction of legislation to move forward carbon pricing in Ontario. There is a broad consensus among economists that pricing carbon is an essential component of a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is also a broad consensus among climate scientists that climate change is happening, that it is primarily due to human emissions of GHGs, and that humans must substantially reduce their GHG emissions if they wish to avoid catastrophic climate change.

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 23:00

    Dear Members of the Prescription Drug Status Committee,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. RNAO appreciates this opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal to revise the listing of naloxone on the Prescription Drug List to permit the non-prescription use of naloxone.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 14:45

    RE: RNAO Urges Province to Use Public Health Evidence to Inform a Comprehensive Provincial Alcohol Strategy

    Dear Premier Wynne,

  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 00:00

    Canada has international human rights obligations to address the gender wage gap under the Convention Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women for Work of Equal Value and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Although these Conventions were ratified by Canada in 1972 and 1981 respectively, Canada is moving in the wrong direction on this imperative for human rights.

  • Monday, December 21, 2015 - 00:00

    Dear Minister Philpott,

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), we want to reiterate our delight with your appointment as Minister of Health for the Government of Canada. We also want to wish you a magic holiday season and a healthy and fulfilling 2015 year!

    As the professional association that represents registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and nursing students who live, work and study in communities across Ontario, we take our commitment to speak out for nursing and health very seriously.