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Relying on the experience of frontline nurses, the CFNU works with experts, academics and other health care stakeholders to produce evidence-based research and resources on current health care issues. CFNU’s research has focused on the need for a national pharmacare plan, the importance of safe staffing, health care financing, safe seniors’ care, intergenerational issues in the workplace and occupational health and safety issues.

The CFNU transforms research into policy and practice by advocating for evidence-based changes at the federal level and provincial level at the Council of the Federation.

CFNU’s research products include groundbreaking research reports, backgrounders, fact sheets and position statements.

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How do nurses’ collective agreements compare across the country? The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions compiles this annual review of key nursing contract provisions across Canada, including nurses’ salaries and other negotiated benefits by province. Salary is often taken as the sole measure of the worth of an agreement. However, this can be greatly misleading, […]


Sustaining Nursing in Canada proposes a set of concrete actionable solutions to help meaningfully solve the health care staffing crisis. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions worked with the Canadian Health Workforce Network to present in this report the magnitude of the nursing crisis and the known solutions to address it. Authored by University of […]

covid-19 Equity

In Canada Beyond COVID, the CFNU looks at the Canadians who fell through the cracks during the pandemic: seniors, nurses, migrant workers, Indigenous Peoples, racialized people, the working poor, the trans community, and others. As we look to rebuild our economy – as we look towards a post-COVID Canada – we must ensure that no […]


Outlook on Nursing: A snapshot from Canadian nurses on work environments pre-COVID-19 was conducted by Linda McGillis Hall, PhD, RN and Sanja Visekruna, PhD, RN at the University of Toronto. It was a national survey that aimed to assess Canadian nurses’ perceptions of their work environments. The study was conducted across all health care sectors, […]

coronavirus covid-19

An investigation into Canada’s management of COVID-19 and the safety of the nation’s health care workers has been released. The investigation’s report, A Time of Fear, details Canada’s systemic preventable failure to adequately prepare and urgently respond to the gravest public health emergency in a century. The independent investigation was commissioned by the Canadian Federation of […]

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This is the first Canada-wide assessment of post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) among nurses, commissioned by CFNU. Nurses are often required to respond to high-stress situations as a regular part of their work, and some of these high-stress situations may occur repeatedly and be traumatic. These types of stressors can have a cumulative effect, wearing down […]


September 24, 2019 — According to a new poll conducted jointly by Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), 93% of people in Canada feel that it’s important for everyone in Canada to have equal access to prescription drugs. The majority – 88% – also believe that it is the responsibility of […]

June 6, 2019

Equity Toolkit


Creating a more just and equitable society means uniting against all forms of discrimination and oppression that divide and harm us. While many may agree with this sentiment, it is often a challenge as individuals and unions to educate ourselves and, where necessary, unlearn the biases we may have, whether conscious or not. In 2018, […]


From the Foreword by Linda Silas This book tells the story of nurses unions in Canada through the experiences of 32 of their key leaders, past and present, as told to author and journalist Ann Silversides. Our stories reveal how a handful of mostly women from across the country managed to change the profession of […]


From the President’s Message: As nurses we instinctively know that patient health is closely tied to the patient’s environment. This discussion paper on climate change and health urges nurses to consider the macro-level of our environment: planet Earth. Over the coming decades, our rapidly changing climate will pose the biggest threat to human health and […]

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