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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 Workplace 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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August 16, 2021
Federal Election Media Release

Federal Election: We’re already in the next health care crisis, say Canada’s nurses

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses’ unions launch national voter awareness campaign decrying nursing shortage August 16, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – With Canadians officially heading to the polls this fall, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has launched a voter awareness campaign decrying inaction over a national shortage of nurses that has reached a critical level in nearly every part […]

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June 8, 2021
2021 Convention Media Release

CFNU honours prominent health researcher and nurse leaders from Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia with national Bread and Roses awards

June 8, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – A long-term care researcher and three prominent nursing union leaders have been honoured for their advocacy during the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions’ 2021 Biennial Convention today. The awards were presented during the CFNU’s virtual convention proceedings this afternoon. They were bestowed on Dr. Pat Armstrong, a prominent health care researcher and […]

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June 7, 2021
2021 Convention Media Release

More than 1,100 nurses from across Canada to join virtual convention of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

June 7, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s national union of nurses is set to welcome more than 1,100 nurses and health workers from across the country to its June 8 and 9 convention – making it the largest in the organization’s 40-year history. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is holding the convention virtually for the first […]

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April 27, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release

Canada's Nurses: We are reaching a breaking point

April 27, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – On the eve of the National Day of Mourning and as the nation’s health care system teeters on the edge of collapse, Canada’s nurses are sounding the alarm. They are demanding governments take bold concrete steps to counter the third wave of COVID-19, which has left hospitals with little […]

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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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