Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Employment Challenges of New Canadians

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. RNAO appreciates this opportunity to provide feedback to the Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians.

Topics Covered:
Canada as a Responsible Global Citizen
Restore the mandatory long-form census
Fully reinstate the interim Federal Health Program
Withdraw sections 172 and 173 from the omnibus budget Bill C-43


In summary, to be a responsible global citizen, use reliable evidence to inform public policy, and create genuinely welcoming conditions for new Canadians, RNAO encourages the federal government to implement the following recommendations:

  • ensure that government and health organizations funded by the government do not engage in international recruitment of nurses and other health professionals.
  • ensure that internationally educated nurses, who choose to make Canada their home, face no systemic barriers to practice their profession.
  • continue to fund upgrading and bridging programs to support internationally educated nurses in the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed for safe nursing practice.
  • restore the mandatory long-form census in 2016.
  • fully reinstate the Interim Federal Health Program for refugee claimants that was cut in June 2012.
  • withdraw sections 172 and 173 from the omnibus budget Bill C-43 for better public policy and more transparent democracy.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this consultation on how to better welcome and integrate newcomers into Canadian society and the workforce.

See the full submission with footnotes and references below

RNAO_Submission_Panel_New_Canadians_FINAL.pdf80.89 KB
Resource Type: