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Federal

August 27, 2020 — “We are writing to you with recommendations as you develop a plan for Canada’s long-term recovery and the upcoming Speech from the Throne on September 23 . To establish a foundation for a stronger middle class, Canada must invest in a healthier and fairer society by addressing health-care system gaps that were unmasked by COVID-19. We firmly believe that the measures we are recommending are critical and should be part of your government’s long-term recovery plan.” Read a joint letter [PDF, 250.3 KB] to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

June 1, 2020 — “We are writing to you with recommendations for responding to the staggering effects COVID-19 has had on our health-care system, particularly in long-term care (LTC) homes across Canada. These recommendations were recently unveiled by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) on May 27 through a report entitled 2020 Vision: Improving Long-term Care for People in Canada [PDF, 979.9 KB]Read a joint letter [PDF, 318.2 KB] to the Hon. Patricia Hajdu and the Hon. Deb Schulte.

May 2020 — CNA’s contributions to the House of Commons standing committee on health (HESA) and the Senate standing committee on social affairs, science and technology (SOCI) on the Canadian response to the outbreak of coronavirus:

March 23, 2020 — “We must ensure those working directly with the public, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers, are properly protected and supported, so that they can continue to play their role in the response.” Read a joint letter [PDF, 201.1 KB] to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Premiers from CNA, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

March 16, 2020 — “As the professional and union representatives of Canada’s nurses, the Canadian Nurses Association and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions are with you, shoulder to shoulder, in this very tough public health emergency of international concern.” Read a joint letter [PDF, 127.9 KB] to the Hon. Patricia Hajdu and Dr. Theresa Tam.

Ontario

August 17, 2020 – “CNA strongly recommends that your government’s focus remains in fighting the pandemic. We urge extreme caution and strong protocols informed by public health advice to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to support physical distancing and other essential measures to prevent and detect transmission in schools. We recommend your government to considers increasing funding and implementing recommendations to Ontario’s plan to re-open schools from kindergarten to grade 12.“ Read a letter [PDF, 245.1 KB] from CNA to Minister of Education Hon. Stephen Lecce and Minister of Health Hon. Christine Elliot.

July 30, 2020 — “We are writing to you at this time to request that your government leverage Ontario’s robust nursing knowledge and leadership and consider appointing an additional commissioner who is a nurse and leader in long-term care to the Independent Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.” Read a joint letter [PDF, 166.2 KB] to the government of Ontario from CNA, the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

March 17, 2020 — “With dedicated funds now in place, we ask that the government of Ontario act immediately to deploy resources to ensure that point-of-care nurses and other health professionals have access to the protective equipment they need to safely deliver care throughout this crisis.” Read a joint letter [PDF, 190.5 KB] to the government of Ontario from CNA, the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

Provinces and Territories

August 19, 2020 – “With the start of the school year approaching us, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Association of Paediatric Nurses (CAPN), and the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) strongly recommend that your focus remain in fighting the pandemic. We urge extreme caution and strong protocols informed by public health advice to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to support physical distancing and other essential measures to prevent and detect transmission in schools.” Read a joint letter to Canada’s Premiers [PDF, 221.2 KB].