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May 12, 2022
Media Release National Nursing Week

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions pays tribute to nurses’ perseverance with touching artwork

May 12, 2022 (OTTAWA) – This National Nurses’ Week, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is celebrating the determination and perseverance of nurses who, for more than two years, have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a tribute to their herculean efforts, the organization is unveiling a painting it commissioned from Canadian […]

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May 10, 2022
National Nursing Week

Half of our nurses are thinking of quitting: how can we keep them healthy, happy and helping patients?

By Jane Coutts for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. What are professionalism, compassion, dedication and personal sacrifice worth? If you’re a registered nurse in Ontario, $5,000. That’s the amount the province’s government has promised nurses if they don’t quit their jobs between March 31 and September 1, 2022. Certainly suggests a lot of nurses […]

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May 9, 2022
Nurses Week Statement

National Nursing Week message from CFNU President Linda Silas

Invest in nursing and respect nurses’ rights to secure global health Dear members and supporters, Each year, National Nursing Week gives us the opportunity to thank and celebrate Canada’s nurses. You are smart, dedicated, compassionate and courageous professionals facing demanding work at even the best of times. After more than two years of working through […]

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May 4, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nurses Week Nursing Shortage

Nurse Union leaders from across Canada meet with Minister Jean-Yves Duclos

On the agenda: solving the crisis facing our country’s largest workforce OTTAWA—In the days ahead of International Nurses Day, focused on investing in and respecting nurses, leaders from nurses’ unions across the country are coming together to advocate for sustainable solutions to address the nursing shortage. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is hosting […]

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April 28, 2022
Occupational Health & Safety Statement

Canada’s nurses mark National Day of Mourning

Silas says to truly honour workers, we must fight to ensure all workers go home safely at the end of each day. As Canada observes today’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) joins unions across the country in demanding that occupational health and safety […]

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April 7, 2022
Budget 2022 Health Human Resources Media Release

Silas: Budget 2022 fails to take steps to address the nursing crisis

April 7, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – With Canada’s health care system facing a dire crisis due to a shortage of nurses and health professionals, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) was sorely disappointed by a lack of concrete solutions in today’s budget. Linda Silas, president of the CFNU, said that with nurses and patients […]

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March 25, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage

Silas: Additional funding marks step in the right direction

Canada’s nurses are applauding today’s announcement of an additional $2 billion in health care funding. Just days after the announcement of a Liberal-NDP agreement, nurses can already see a palpable shift in priorities and an earnest desire to safeguard Canada’s health care system. “Throughout this pandemic, we’ve often spoken about the patients who were directly […]

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March 22, 2022
Child Care Health Human Resources Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses applaud progressive commitments in Liberal-NDP agreement

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is applauding the commitments toward a national universal public pharmacare program, dental care, hiring additional doctors and nurses, mental health, long-term care, child care, a just transition and long-overdue supports for Indigenous peoples as part of a confidence-and-supply agreement between the Liberal government and the NDP. “These progressive […]

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March 21, 2022
Health Human Resources Nursing Shortage

Linda Silas tells parliamentary committee: fix the health human resource crisis

CFNU tells government to roll up their sleeves and work with all levels to address urgent staffing crisis. March 21, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – Canada’s frontline nurses delivered a strong message to a parliamentary committee today. “Nurses are your front line. Nurses have first-hand experience of this crisis, and the impact staffing shortages have on […]

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March 18, 2022
Canadian Labour Congress CFNU

Silas: Now more than ever, solidarity among nurses is essential

Dear CFNU members, Now more than ever, solidarity among nurses is essential. I have been a union activist since 1984. During this time, I have seen many ups and downs within our movements, but I have never seen our workforce so tired, burnt out or downright broken. The nursing shortage, the effects of which have […]

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