Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Monday, August 22, 2016 - 23:00

    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.

  • Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 23:00

    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.

  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 23:00

    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 - 19:10

    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.

  • 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.