Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • May 7, 2018

    Ontario’s RN-to-population ratio is dropping.

    According to data obtained from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2016 Ontario had just 703 registered nurses (RN) per 100,000 people.

    In fact, Ontario currently has its lowest RN-to-population ratio since 2004, and the lowest RN-to-population ratio in Canada. Ontario's steadily dropping RN-to-population ratio provides a direct measure of access to RN care. As the ratio falls, the number of people each RN must care for increases.

  • April 26, 2018

    The RN/NP workforce backgrounder provides information about the nursing profession in Ontario. The report includes information about the number of nurses licensed to practise in Ontario, broken down by type — registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) and registered practical nurses (RPN). Since RNAO represents RNs and NPs, there is a focus on these designations; however data on all nurses is included in this report.

    The report also includes demographics about the nursing profession including location, work status, multiple job holdings as well as nurse/population ratios. The information in this report is updated annually in order to ensure that it reflects the current landscape of nursing in Ontario.

    This is an invaluable resource that provides a comprehensive look at the size of the nursing workforce and its relation to the population that it serves. As of 2017, there were 167,254 nurses registered to practise in Ontario.

  • August 16, 2017

    Who will care for you in your time of need? The answer matters now more than ever.

    For decades, study after study has shown that RNs improve health-care outcomes and health system efficiency. And now that evidence is all together in one place: RNAO's 70 years of RN effectiveness database.

  • May 9, 2016

    When you’re sick, you expect to be cared for by the right provider to keep you healthy and safe. But that is not always the case in our province these days.

    Ontario has the lowest RN-to-population ratio in the country. To cut costs, RNs are being replaced with less qualified and less expensive care providers.

  • April 20, 2015

    Nearly two million Canadians live in rural, remote and northern settings, yet these communities have difficulties recruiting and retaining nurses.

  • November 28, 2014

    The 70 per cent Full-Time Employment for Nurses Survey was initiated by the 70% Full-Time Nursing Employment Working Group (FTNEWG), a working group of the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee (JPNC). RNAO led the project, which was implemented in July 2012 and targeted all employers of nurses in the hospital and long-term care (LTC) sectors. The findings of the report are relevant to nursing human resource (HR policy), and are targeted at government, employers, nursing associations and the College of Nurses of Ontario.

  • May 1, 2014

    A laser-like focus on person-centred care, same-day access to a health provider, and better health outcomes is what Ontarians can expect if politicians heed the advice of nurses.

  • June 20, 2013

    Following RNAO’s BOD decision to articulate a vision for nursing, policy staff presented a comprehensive “vision” that describes what RNAO believes should occur across five major sectors in short, medium and long-term goals with supporting activities.

  • January 28, 2013

    People consistently rank health care as a top priority. Nurses know this.

  • October 22, 2012
    Ontario’s nurses call on government and stakeholders to collectively strengthen our publicly-funded, not-for-profit health system and make it more responsive to the public’s needs, easier to navigate and more efficient and cost-effective. To make this happen, the health system must be anchored within primary care to advance primary health care for all through: health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management/prevention and mental health care.