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September 18, 2023
Media Release Pharmacare

Passing pharmacare legislation must be top priority for returning parliamentarians

Silas: Canadians want pharmacare, but we need the full dose. September 18, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) along with allied health and labour organizations are calling on the federal government to ensure its impending pharmacare legislation works to establish a universal, comprehensive and public pharmacare program. This recommendation echoes […]

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September 14, 2023
Media Release

Canada’s nursing unions launch study on the impact of private nurse agencies

Silas: With skyrocketing costs and growing use, analysis of agency nurses is needed. September 14, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is launching a study to investigate the rising use of agency nurses across Canada and its implications on the health care system. “What started as a short-term measure to fill […]

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September 11, 2023

Letter: Solidarity with members of la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ)

September 8, 2023 Julie Bouchard, President Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec By email: Dear Sister Julie, We are writing today to express our solidarity with members of la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) as you negotiate for a long-overdue fair collective agreement. Please send a message to your members […]

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September 1, 2023
Blog Labour Day

Respecting nurses = a healthier future for all

For me, Labour Day is always a reminder of how critically important health care workers are and the incredible respect nurses deserve. A respected job in nursing – one that makes you proud, pays your bills and helps you build your future – shouldn’t be too much to ask for. Indeed, when I first became […]

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August 4, 2023
Health Human Resources Media Release

Canada’s nurses urge feds to lead the way out of the health care crisis in Budget 2024

Silas: No single province or territory can steer this ship on its own. Federal leadership on a national nursing retention strategy is urgently needed to turn this ship around. August 4, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – Canada’s frontline nurses are calling on the federal government to build on the foundations of Budget 2023 and lead the […]

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July 11, 2023
Council of the Federation Media Release

Nurses bring solutions to fix the health crisis directly to premiers at policy meeting

Silas: CFNU delivered a strong message to premiers – fix the nursing shortage, end the health care crisis. July 11, 2023 (WINNIPEG, MB) – Supporting nurses and health care workers to complete the recovery of our ailing health systems was the focus of today’s policy meeting between Canada’s premiers and nurse union leaders from across the […]

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July 7, 2023
Council of the Federation Media Release

Nurses to premiers: fix the nursing shortage to end the health care crisis

Silas: This is a critical moment in health care, and Canada’s leaders must prioritize fixing the nursing shortage. July 6, 2023 (OTTAWA, ON) – As the Council of the Federation begins critical meetings on the future of Canada’s public health care systems, nurses are looking to the premiers for coordinated action to fix the crisis […]

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July 4, 2023
Media Release

Nurses rising up to demand action to fix health worker crisis

Silas: Nurses from around the globe gather in Canada, united to demand better July 4, 2023 (MONTREAL) – Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions’ President Linda Silas delivered a strong call to action to nurses gathered from around the world for the 2023 International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress in Montreal. Silas warned world leaders that […]

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June 28, 2023
Council of the Federation Media Release

Nurses’ unions launch campaign to bring urgent message to premiers: complete the recovery, fix the health crisis

Silas: Canada’s leaders need to roll up their sleeves and finish the job. June 27, 2023 (OTTAWA, ON) – As Canada’s premiers prepare to meet at the upcoming Council of the Federation next month, nurses are launching a campaign urging provinces to fix the nursing shortage and end the health care crisis plaguing the country. […]

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June 22, 2023
2023 Convention Blog

President’s Address: Nurses unions are raising the bar

No more making nice The following address was given by CFNU President Linda Silas at the CFNU Biennial Convention on June 8, 2023. Bonjour, Thank you for coming. So wonderful to see you here, in person again. I know it’s been a long, hard road we’ve had to get here. Our last convention was virtual, […]

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