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June 29, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release

CFNU releases book about nurses' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

June 29, 2022 (OTTAWA) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has published a book which recounts the experiences of more than 25 nurses from across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book, entitled Nurses’ Voices: Stories of courage and determination in the face of COVID-19 (PDF, 12 MB), provides an inside look at how […]

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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 11, 2022
COVID-19 Nursing Shortage Statement

A message to nurses: A million thank-yous could never be enough

March 11, 2022, marks the second anniversary of the worst storm we have ever experienced in our health care system and because of you – Canada’s nurses – we are surviving. On behalf of every nurse union leader across the country and in every workplace: we have seen you in action, and we are so proud. For […]

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March 9, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses mark pandemic anniversary with our public health system still in crisis

Silas: “After two years of pandemic, health care workers don’t need sympathy, we need concrete, lasting solutions to dire health worker shortages.” March 9, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – March 11 marks two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. For Canada’s nurses, this marks two years of hollow praise from governments while continually being […]

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February 15, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources internationally educated nurses Nursing Shortage

Internationally Educated Nurses

CFNU’s Position Statement about Internationally Educated Nurses Click here for PDF. In an attempt to address the nursing shortage crisis in Canada, which has been significantly worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, many provincial governments are turning to internationally educated nurses (IENs), both those currently in Canada and to their international recruitment. The CFNU believes that a […]

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February 9, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Violence

Linda Silas: it’s time to end this violent occupation

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) categorically stands against the hateful messages espoused by members of the Ottawa convoy and condemns in the strongest terms the continuing occupation and the harassment and violence against the people of Ottawa. As the hub of this so-called protest, the streets of our nation’s capital have seen an […]

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February 8, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Pharmacare

Nurses and Doctors call for immediate action on pharmacare to help alleviate pressure on hospitals already at their limit

February 8, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – As another surge of COVID-19 and a crushing health worker shortage once again push our nation’s hospitals to the brink, Canada’s doctors and nurses are calling attention to the need for national pharmacare. Had the federal government followed the advice it received from its own Advisory Council on the […]

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February 4, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Leaders must work together to solve Canada's nursing crisis

Without nurses, we don’t have a health care system at all. As Canada’s premiers gather virtually today to talk about health care, Canada’s nurses have a clear message for them: our public health systems are in crisis. At the heart of this crisis is a dire shortage of nurses and other health care professionals. Nurses […]

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February 3, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release

Our Health Care System Is Hanging by a Thread

February 3, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – As provincial and territorial premiers gather virtually for a Council of the Federation meeting tomorrow, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) will be hosting an important parallel discussion to address the alarming crisis facing our nation’s health care workforce. With this event, titled Hanging […]

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February 2, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Governments need to act now: nurses are hanging on by a thread

February 2, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – It’s no wonder many of Canada’s nurses want to call it quits. For months, nurses have been sounding the alarm on the impact insufficient staffing has on patient care and their capacity to do their jobs well. Nurses are crying out for support. Alarmingly, 94% of nurses are experiencing […]

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