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Statement about CNA building

With the experience of working entirely remotely for more than a year behind us, the Canadian Nurses Association is looking forward with excitement to the benefits of working, meeting, and learning remotely on a permanent basis. Far from reducing our productivity, we believe we are more productive than ever despite the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only has the recent pandemic provided evidence that we can work differently, but the world around us has changed over the years. Our building in Ottawa was designed well for the needs of the 1960s, with an addition in the 1980s. But it has been vastly under-used for years and no longer meets our needs. Furthermore, maintaining a building for a staff of 35 that can accommodate nearly triple that number is not prudent stewardship of members’ fees. After careful consideration over several years, we have reached the sound business decision to explore the sale of our headquarters building in downtown Ottawa.

Working remotely means we can easily work with team members who may live anywhere in Canada, and it untethers the organization from a single geographic anchor. Of course, some gatherings may still take place in person after the pandemic is under control, and as we have always done, we will rent temporary meeting spaces for those as needed.

Stay tuned as we will provide updates on the building going forward!