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Campaigns

The CFNU and its provincial Member Organizations are proud to be advocates for nurses on the issues that matter. Your voice counts. Learn about some of our recent campaigns here and find out what you can do to get involved. Together we can continue to fight to protect our strong, publicly funded health care system, advocate for high-quality, safe patient care for everyone in Canada, improve the health, safety and working conditions of nurses, and advocate for other important issues with our allies here at home and abroad.

Recent victories for Canada’s nurses:

  • Workplace Violence in Health Care: in May 2019, CFNU President Linda Silas addressed the Parliamentary health committee on behalf of Canada’s nurses on the opening day of hearings into a study on violence in health care. For two years, the CFNU had worked with Members of Parliament, including Dr. Doug Eyolfson, to compel Parliament to study workplace violence in health care for the first time.
  • PTSD: Canada’s nurses were given a seat at the table for the planning of the conference on the implementation of a federal PTSD framework. After two years of lobbying, nurses were included in the federal Bill C-211, An Act to establish a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In June 2018, the Senate Committee on National Security issued a recommendation to the Health Minister to include nurses in the implementation of Bill C-211.
  • Pharmacare: in February 2018, nearly three decades of lobbying by the CFNU for a national pharmacare program paid off with the federal launch of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, mandated to report back to Parliament by April 2019, paving the way for public drug coverage for all in Canada. In Budget 2019 the federal government announced the creation of a Canada Drug Agency, an important first step towards national pharmacare.
  • Paid Blood Donation: in May 2018, we were proud to be part of the historic launch of Bill S-252, a Voluntary Blood Donations Act, by Senator Pamela Wallin to, once and for all, protect Canada’s blood system from profiteering interests. The CFNU co-produced a successful Lobby Day on the Hill in support of this legislation on October 30, 2018, with BloodWatch.org, organizing meetings with nearly 50 parliamentary offices.

Learn more about these campaigns below.

Current priorities

Pharmacare

Pharmacare

Fifty years ago, we implemented public health care in Canada, and from the beginning it was clear that we must not stop at hospitals and doctors; we needed to expand the system into the community and also to cover prescription drugs.

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Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

Background The CFNU is committed to working with political leaders to implement solutions to end workplace violence faced by nurses. All nurses have the right to work in a safe and respectful workplace free from violence. Unfortunately, physical and verbal abuse targeted at nurses are regular occurrences in health care settings. Surveys of nurses show […]

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Trauma and Stress

Trauma and Stress

The CFNU is working hard to ensure nurses are included in all federal PTSD and occupational stress injury legislation and policies. Canadian nurses provide high-quality frontline health care in hospitals and communities across Canada. Unfortunately, nurses, like other frontline workers, are often exposed to workplace trauma causing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or PTSD symptoms. Exposure […]

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Seniors' Care

Seniors' Care

As Canada’s population ages, the CFNU is working to propose solutions to public home care services, that would improve quality and safety. Home care in Canada is overloaded and lacks important measures to ensure that safe, high-quality care is provided. Clients and caregivers are struggling to deal with long wait times and a patchwork of […]

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Paid Blood Donation

Paid Blood Donation

It is critical that Canada’s life-saving blood system exclusively serves the public interest and not money-makers. After the devastating tainted blood scandal of the 1980s, in which nearly 30,000 Canadians were infected with hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Canadian governments promised to never let such a tragedy happen again. A Royal Commission into tainted blood […]

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Speak Up

Speak Up

Be the first to know what’s happening for nurses in Canada and help make sure your voice gets heard. Speak Up is CFNU’s new action and activism app.

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