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March 22, 2024
Long-term care Safe Staffing Statement

Statement on new provincial continuing care regulations in Alberta

Silas: Standards of care are needed to protect patients and residents. Canada’s nurses echo the concerns raised by the United Nurses of Alberta on new provincial continuing care regulations. “As many jurisdictions are moving towards models of nurse-patient ratios aimed at improving patient care and retaining nurses, what we seem to be seeing in Alberta […]

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August 21, 2021
Blog COVID-19 Long-term care

Op-ed: Devastation brought by COVID-19 shows Ottawa must take over care for seniors 

The following opinion editorial first appeared in Toronto Star on August 21, 2021.  Devastation brought by COVID-19 shows Ottawa must take over care for seniors  By Linda Silas and Pat Armstrong As Canada faces the reality of entering a fourth wave, COVID-19 continues to take an immense toll on Canada’s long-term care sector, where conditions […]

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May 12, 2021
Blog Long-term care Safe Staffing

Silas: It’s Time to Reimagine Aging in Canada

As we mark National Nursing Week amidst an ongoing global pandemic, many across Canada recognize the successes and commemorate the sacrifices nurses made in their tireless work caring for our loved ones, including our most vulnerable seniors. We’ve known for many years that Canada’s population is aging rapidly and that we face significant challenges in […]

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April 19, 2021
Child Care COVID-19 Federal Budget Long-term care Media Release Pharmacare

Budget 2021 falls short for nurses – from pharmacare to health transfers

April 19, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – After over two years without a full accounting of federal spending, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) was disappointed by today’s release of Budget 2021. As we continue to grapple with another wave of COVID-19, the CFNU looked to the federal government to continue providing significant investments in […]

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April 12, 2021
Long-term care Media Release Safe Staffing

Canada Needs Better Health Data Infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes

The following media release has been published by the Canadian Health Workforce Network. Canada needs better health data infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes Associations, unions, networks and researchers call on federal government to invest in data infrastructure to better plan for and support the health workforce (Ottawa, ON) — More than 60 researchers, educators, […]

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February 5, 2021
Long-term care Media Release

CFNU Welcomes NDP’s Care Guarantee

Today, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) welcomes Jagmeet Singh’s announcement of the NDP’s Care Guarantee, applauding the urgency of his party’s response and its commitment to our nation’s seniors. For years, Canada’s nurses have called for governments’ immediate attention to our long-term care system on the brink of collapse due to neglect and […]

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December 11, 2020
Council of the Federation Long-term care Media Release

Federal commitments from First Ministers Meeting welcomed by Canada’s Nurses

Canada’s nurses are welcoming a number of commitments made by the federal government in yesterday’s First Ministers’ Meeting. In the weeks ahead, we expect to see substantive developments in areas essential to our health care system. “It is positive news that the federal government is covering the cost of COVID-19 vaccines and any further costs […]

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May 29, 2020
COVID-19 Long-term care

Open letter to PM Trudeau from Canada's Nurses: Urgent Call for Action to Protect Canada’s Seniors

Click here for PDF of the letter signed by Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and presidents of 8 provincial nurses’ unions (CFNU members). Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Like you and millions across our country, Canada’s nurses were appalled by the findings of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the course […]

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May 9, 2020
COVID-19 Long-term care

We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care

CFNU Statement: We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions joins with other Canadian Labour Congress affiliates in supporting the calls to action in the report, Lessons from a Pandemic: Union Recommendations for Transforming Long-Term Care in Canada, released today. The CLC report reflects the CFNU’s previous recommendation […]

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June 28, 2017
Long-term care

Frontline nurses say public long-term care inquiry must look at broader issues to improve resident care

CFNU’s member organization, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), supports a public inquiry into long-term care in Ontario and believes that it must be broad enough that systemic long-term care issues are addressed. Read ONA’s press-release.

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