Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 15:37

    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 - 14:33

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 00:00

    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.

  • Friday, August 26, 2016 - 00:00

    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.

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 00:00

    Dear Eric,

    Federal regulations were amended in 2012 to permit nurse practitioners (NP) to prescribe controlled substances. RNAO influenced these national changes and has been advocating for complementary amendments to provincial regulations for three years. In 2013, Premier Wynne said she was aware of this issue during her remarks at RNAO’s Annual General Meeting and promised action. Since that time, RNAO reviewed and provided feedback on a draft College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) practice standard that includes prescribing controlled substances. However, two years have passed and we have seen no movement. Moreover, in your remarks at our 2016 AGM, you recognized this issue and committed to finding a resolution.

  • Monday, August 22, 2016 - 00:00

    Dear Eric,

    Congratulations on pursuing legislative changes through Bill 210, Patients First Act, 2016 that have the potential to introduce greatly needed improvements to Ontario’s health system. We know that the current focus is on building a solid legislative framework and RNAO is pleased to be contributing to this discussion. However, we are also looking forward to the future policy development that is needed to ensure the success of the Patients First movement.

  • Monday, August 8, 2016 - 00:00

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) counts itself among many health and human service organizations; academic and community-based researchers; labour, business, civil society groups; and various levels of government that were delighted with the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. As the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in Ontario, RNAO had been advocating for the restoration of the long-form census since 2010.

  • Friday, August 5, 2016 - 20:10

    We are writing to thank you for your genuine efforts to support harm reduction by ensuring that recently released inmates at high risk of overdosing will have access to life-saving naloxone.

    We are also writing to urge you to work with the provincial and federal governments to secure all necessary steps to make supervised injection services (SIS), as part of a harm reduction approach, a reality in Ontario.

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 00:00

    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.

  • Friday, June 24, 2016 - 00:00

    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.