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July 6, 2022

Video: Canada's health care: at the brink of catastrophe

Health Human Resources
Nursing Shortage

The pandemic didn’t cause the nursing shortage; it simply added fuel to an already raging fire.

A concerted government effort is desperately needed to turn the tide. The CFNU has proposed a three-pronged solution which focuses on retention and support, return and reintegration, and recruitment and mentorship.

For more information, consult our media briefing guide on the nursing shortage.

List of sources used in the video:

CFNU. (2022). Viewpoints Survey. Retrieved from:

CIHI. (2020). Registered Nurses. Retrieved from:

OECD (2022), Nurses (indicator). doi: 10.1787/283e64de-en

Scheffler, R. M., & Arnold, D. R. (2018). Projecting shortages and surpluses of doctors and nurses in the OECD: What looms ahead. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 14(2), 274–290.

Rogers, C. (2022, February). What nurses answered, when asked: We are not ok! New Brunswick Nurses Unions. Retrieved from:

Stelnicki, A. M., Carleton, R. N., Reichert, C. (2020, June 16). Mental disorder symptoms among nurses in Canada. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Retrieved from: