The CFNU Logo

News & Events

June 1, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Frontline nurses: address staffing crisis to stop health system breakdown

Nurses propose innovative solutions to protect patient care and address nursing shortages. June 1, 2022 (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON) – Canada’s nurses wrapped up a national summit on the staffing crisis facing nurses, with an agreement to push federal and provincial governments to support a series of nurse-developed proposals. These proposals would begin solving the dire staffing shortages now […]

Read More
May 30, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Frontline nurses hold national summit on critical staffing shortages

Linda Silas: Nurses stepped up to support Canada through the pandemic. Now governments must step up to support nurses. May 30, 2022 (NIAGARA, ON) – Representatives of frontline nurses gather this week to work on solutions to the dire health human resource crisis that has been driving nurses out of the profession. The three-day National Summit brings […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
March 15, 2022
Media Release Nursing Shortage

Now more than ever, nurses need to be united

March 15, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is pleased to announce that it is immediately working to welcome the British Columbia Nurses’ Union back into its ranks. “The past two years have been tremendously difficult for everyone, but the pandemic has certainly underscored the importance of community and family,” said Linda […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More