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June 28, 2018

New study to be unveiled to Canada’s health ministers shows Nurse Practitioners can improve access to care

Media Release


Thursday June 28, 2018 (WINNIPEG, MB) – Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers will join nurses union leaders on Friday June 29 in Winnipeg  for the unveiling of a landmark report on Nurse Practitioners (NPs) from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).

The event will feature the results of the largest-ever national survey of NPs, part of the CFNU report entitled Fulfilling Nurse Practitioners’ Untapped Potential in Canada’s Health Care System. Recommendations for investing in NPs to ensure access to care will be provided to health ministers.

Manitoba’s Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen will co-host the event with Linda Silas, President of the CFNU. The event is being held in conjunction with this week’s provincial and territorial Health Ministers’ Summit.

The meeting is not open to the media, but representatives will be available for comment and interviews afterward.

Linda Silas will be available for comment immediately after the meeting. The presidents of the following provincial nurses’ unions will also be present and available for comment: United Nurses of Alberta, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Manitoba Nurses Union, Ontario Nurses’ Association, Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union and Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador.

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The CFNU is Canada’s largest nurses’ organization representing nearly 200,000 nurses and student nurses. The CFNU advocates on key health priorities, such as pharmacare, community care, health human resources, and federal engagement in the future of public health care.

For further information

Lauren Snowball, CFNU Communications Officer, 613-868-5702, media (at)

Matt Austman, Manitoba Nurses Union Communications Officer, 204-951-9283