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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 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 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 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 16, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

CODE BLUE: CFNU President Linda Silas tells Health Committee Canada Has a Critical Nurse Shortage

February 16, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses delivered a stark message to MPs today: Our public health systems are in crisis. At the heart of this crisis is a dire shortage of nurses and other critical health professionals. “Canada’s nurses are sounding the alarm. This is Code Blue. If we don’t act now, we risk suffering […]

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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 10, 2022
Federal Budget Health Human Resources

CFNU's letter to Minister Freeland on pre-budget consultations and a growing HHR crisis

The following letter was sent by Linda Silas, on February 10, 2022, to the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Dear Minister Freeland: Canada’s nurses believe that the next few years will be critical for our health care system. With premiers recently calling for an urgent increase in health transfers at […]

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February 4, 2022
Council of the Federation Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses applaud the premiers’ call for federal funding

Premiers met today to discuss the future sustainability of Canadian health care, calling once again for an immediate and significant injection of funding from the federal government into provincial and territorial health systems. For the past several months, provincial and territorial leaders have put the spotlight on health care funding, demanding urgent assistance to the tune […]

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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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