Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Monday, January 30, 2017 - 01:00

    Dear Anne,

    Thanks for the excellent meeting at the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) home office on Jan. 25, 2017. Amongst the items we discussed was RNs' ability to initiate psychotherapy. As we have expressed on several occasion in the past, RNAO is requesting the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) reconsider its approach to the initiation of psychotherapy.

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Flynn,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) welcomes the Dec. 15, 2016 announcement that Ontario will hire 239 additional staff to increase supports for inmates, "particularly those with significant challenges related to long-term segregation." The hiring of an additional 22 nurses and 22 mental health nurses is a step in the right direction. The reality, however, is that chronic and severe nursing understaffing across the provincial correctional system must be addressed in an urgent and systematic way.

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    I am writing you about a campaign that RNAO endorses and for which we would like your support.

    As a physician who has worked with refugees you have witnessed firsthand the horrible impact when people cannot get access to the health care they need. As a humanitarian committed to health equity, your work demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that all people receive the services they need to be healthy and well.

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Duclos,

    We are writing on behalf of our respective organizations about how Service Canada could improve access to Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits by adopting a more consistent and inter-professional approach which allows registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) to complete CPP-D medical reports without restrictions.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 01:00

    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 - 11:08

    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 - 01:00

    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.

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:00

    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.

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 13:06

    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 - 10:35

    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.