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January 20, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage

CFNU and CNA: Federal Govt action is needed to support and retain nurses past Omicron wave

January 20, 2022 — For 22 months nurses and other health workers have shouldered the enormous burden of the pandemic. They are burnt out, demoralized, and have little left to give. The emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant that is fuelling the fifth wave of this pandemic deeply concerns the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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January 13, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage Occupational Health & Safety

Canada’s nurses: it’s time to hit the brakes

January 13, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses are alarmed at the rapid spread of Omicron across Canada. Immediate and decisive action is urgently needed to keep our health care system from crumbling under the weight of this highly infectious variant. “This isn’t the time to be pussyfooting around,” declared Linda Silas, president of the […]

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January 6, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release

Canada’s nurses are once again calling for stronger protections

January 6, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – As Ministers of health meet tonight to discuss the most recent upheaval caused by COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is again imploring governments to provide the most basic protections for frontline health care workers. At a time when we cannot afford to lose a single health care […]

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December 8, 2021
Media Release Pharmacare

Liberal government must move forward on pharmacare

Liberal government must move forward on pharmacare, say nurses and advocates December 8, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, along with numerous civil society organizations, is calling on the Liberal government to fulfill previous commitments to introduce a universal pharmacare program by including it in the Economic and Fiscal Update and […]

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November 23, 2021
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses respond to Throne Speech

Canada’s nurses respond to Throne Speech, calling for swift action on nursing shortage November 23, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is responding to today’s Speech from the Throne, welcoming commitments to support health care and advance equity, but decrying the absence of clear and meaningful action to address Canada’s critical nursing […]

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October 6, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve October 6, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is praising an emergency summit convened by doctors and nurses to address a health care system brought to its knees by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNU […]

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September 21, 2021
Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses call on Trudeau to provide urgent support for Alberta health workers

MEDIA RELEASE Canada’s nurses join Alberta health unions in call for urgent federal support September 21, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing its support for Alberta’s health care unions as they seek urgent federal assistance for the province’s overwhelmed hospitals. Alberta’s hospitals are straining under a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, […]

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September 17, 2021
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage Safe Staffing

Canada’s nurses hold national day of action to highlight nursing crisis

September 17, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses, health care workers and their supporters are participating in a national day of action today, protesting the lack of government action to fix the critical nursing shortage and make urgently needed improvements to Canada’s beleaguered health care system. The day of action was called by the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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September 14, 2021
Federal Election Media Release

Federal parties have failed to prioritize health care

MEDIA RELEASE Federal parties have failed to prioritize health care, say Canada’s nurses as they release election scorecard September 14, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The country’s largest nurses’ organization is expressing frustration over the lack of emphasis placed on supporting nurses and public health care by federal parties during this election campaign. The Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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September 10, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

It’s time to bring the temperature down

Over the past few weeks, we have watched public discourse around vaccination and other public health measures rapidly devolve. This reached fever pitch, last week, as a small but vocal minority protested outside hospitals, disrupting access to vital care. More recently, we’ve seen federal election candidates attacked and their campaign signs defaced. Even the nursing […]

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