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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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November 30, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Mental Health Nursing Shortage

Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities

The following is a letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 24, 2021, as a follow-up to a previous letter, sent September 21, 2021. November 24, 2021 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Subject: Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities Dear Prime Minister: The Canadian Federation […]

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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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August 30, 2021
Blog Nursing Shortage

Op-ed: Without a nurse, a bed is just a bed

The following opinion editorial first appeared in Toronto Star on August 30, 2021.   Without a nurse, a bed is just a bed Solutions for the nursing shortage in Canada  By Linda Silas Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we repeatedly heard about a shortage of beds in hospitals and long-term care. Field hospitals were deployed, equipment was […]

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August 12, 2021
COVID-19 Nursing Shortage Occupational Health & Safety Safe Staffing

Nurses’ unions announce national day of action on September 17

Canada’s nurses are done asking – we demand action now UPDATED: Nurses’ unions announce national day of action highlighting the nursing crisis will be held on September 17 The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and provincial nurses’ unions across the country are organizing a national day of action to demand urgent government action fixing Canada’s […]

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