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Canadian Nurses Association welcomes federal government’s national dementia strategy

Ottawa, June 17, 2019 – The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has been active in advocating for improved dementia care, including a national approach – and we are pleased with the federal government’s release of Canada’s first national dementia strategy.

“Canada has an aging population and dementia is increasing to the point of being an epidemic. To ensure quality of life for those living with dementia, we welcome this evidence-based, results-focused national strategy,” said CNA CEO Mike Villeneuve.

“As the largest group of health-care professionals in Canada, nurses make enormous contributions to the care of Canada’s aging population. They are well positioned to contribute to educating, preventing and effectively caring for people living with dementia and their caregivers.”

“CNA has been actively involved in the development of this strategy. We have provided recommendations to the federal government about dementia and the role nurses have to play. Our former CNA president, Barb Shellian, represented the voice of nursing on the advisory board for the dementia strategy.”

CNA will continue to work to advance access to high-quality dementia care across the country and we are committed to supporting the work of the federal government in the implementation of its national dementia strategy.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 135,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Eve Johnston
Media and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159, ext. 114
Cell: 613-282-7859
Email: ejohnston@cna-aiic.ca