Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 00:00

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) recently had the privilege of meeting with the Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, about ways to improve health outcomes and improve human rights within correctional facilities. Minister Orazietti suggested we speak to you about these ideas to address the severe health inequities affecting some of Ontario's most marginalized people.

  • Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:08

    Dear Sean:

    RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on regulation proposal 16-HLTC011 pertaining to the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016 (QCIPA)

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 - 00:00

    Dear Ed,

    Many thanks for inviting us to speak with you on October 19. We had an excellent conversation and as requested we are following up in writing.

    On October 7, Health Minister Hoskins released an open letter to you, seeking a value assessment of Ontario’s e-health assets and recommendations on maximizing the value of those assets “by improving how care is delivered, the patient experience in interacting with the health care system and, indirectly, through the economic value that is created for Ontario's economy.” You were approached in your capacity as the Premier’s Business Advisor and Chair of the Advisory Council on Government Assets.

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 - 00:00

    Dear John,

    Thank you for meeting with representatives of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) on October 27 2016. We appreciated your receptivity as we discussed our concerns with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s requirement for registered nurses (RN) to obtain an order to initiate psychotherapy once it is proclaimed a controlled act.

    Requiring an RN to obtain an order to initiate psychotherapy will only create another barrier to accessing to mental health services and hinder interprofessional collaboration due to blurred accountabilities. RNAO firmly believes if an RN has the competencies, knowledge and skills, to perform psychotherapy as part of his or her practice, that same RN is competent to initiate psychotherapy or refer the individual for more appropriate treatment and/or to another health provider.

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 12:06

    Dear Minister Lalonde,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students, appreciates recent changes by the government of Ontario to make documents used for identification more inclusive of people with transgender and non-binary gender identity. The introduction of a gender-neutral health card with a person's sex no longer listed, occurring from June 13, 2016 onward, and the option to display an X on a driver's licence as a gender identifier, beginning in early 2017, are progressive changes to be welcomed.

  • Friday, October 14, 2016 - 09:35

    Dear Minister Philpott and Minister Hoskins:

    Congratulations on furthering negotiations for the next Canadian Health Accord. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) sees this as a golden opportunity to build the next phase of our publicly-funded and not-for-profit health system. RNs, NPs, and nursing students urge you to use your meeting on October 18th to successfully negotiate a new agreement that:

    • encompasses enough health transfers to provinces and territories to support all essential health services and continues the six per cent annual escalation delivered under the previous accord;
    • enforces the principles and spirit of the Canada Health Act;
    • establishes a pharmacare program that is universally accessible for all medically necessary drugs and that does not include co-payments or user-fees;
    • establishes a national home care program;
    • advances interprofessional primary care with registered nurses and nurse practitioners working to full and expanded scopes of practice; and
    • ensures the full participation of Indigenous communities in all health discussions to develop a long-term plan that fully addresses their health needs.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 14:37

    Dear Mr. Tom Gergely and Mr. Murray Glendining,

    I am writing in response to your lawyer’s letter dated October 11, 2016 (attached), addressed to Carol Timmings, President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

    The letter is a blatant attempt to intimidate RNAO into staying silent on matters of interest to our members and the public. We recognize it as a bullying tactic and we will not be influenced by it in any way, shape or form.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 13:33

    As the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in Ontario, we are pleased to provide the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) with feedback on the draft revised NP practice standard. This document is an important tool for NPs, other health professionals, and the public to understand the standard of services expected from an NP.

    While RNAO appreciates the College’s attempt to simplify the standard to make it easier to apply in a variety of practice settings, we take a cautious approach in assessing the condensed standard. In the proposed new standard, the appendices which included practice tools and specific guidance are removed (e.g. Decision Tree for NPs: Deciding to Perform a Controlled Act). As we articulated to CNO in November 2014 when delivering feedback on the draft revised medication practice standard, ensuring supporting resources and sufficient content are essential to effectively facilitate awareness of professional standards. We therefore invite CNO to take a leading role in partnership with RNAO to develop supporting/complementary resources such as fact sheets, webinars, and diagrams that can be used by clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers to clearly understand and interpret the standard.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 23:00

    Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Murray,

    Congratulations to you and your team on the July 27, 2016 release of the Changing Workplaces Review Special Advisors' Interim Report to help inform discussion on legislated changes to protect workers in Ontario's evolving globalized economy.

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across the province. The growth of precarious, contingent, casual and part-time employment is of concern to RNAO because not only does it affect RNs and NPs, it also adversely affects the health and well-being of more and more Ontarians. The Special Advisors' belief that "decency at work is a fundamental and principled commitment that Ontario should accept as a basis for enacting all of its laws governing the workplace" is congruent with RNAO's values.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 23:00

    Dear Hugh,

    It was a pleasure for our team to meet with you on August 18, 2016 to learn more about your work in developing a discussion paper on an Ontario Basic Income (BI) Pilot. The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) further appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft preliminary outline and consultation questions. Given the critical role that income and its distribution plays in determining health and health equity, RNAO deeply appreciates the provincial government's commitment to exploring a BI pilot as a means to addressing poverty.