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Budget recommendations


The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked many health-care system shortfalls around care for older adults and mental wellness. CNA’s Budget 2021 submission [PDF, 164.1 KB] focuses on better supports for vulnerable populations, supporting the health-system, and providing better care for older adults.

Fall 2020

To ensure Ontario charts a path toward an equitable recovery from COVID-19, CNA’s fall 2020 budget submission [PDF, 163.8 KB]  contained recommendations on the following key strategies:

  1. Supporting vulnerable communities and populations
  2. Fighting the pandemic and supporting health-care workers
  3. Re-imagining aging in Ontario

These recommendations were submitted to the Ministry of Finance, in partnership with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, in anticipation of the government of Ontario releasing a fall budget.


CNA’s 2019 Ontario pre-budget submission [PDF, 270.9 KB] contained key recommendations for improving health and health care in Ontario.

Helping end hallway medicine

  1. Reallocate resources to support care transitions that reduce unnecessary emergency department visits
  2. Work with health-care stakeholder groups to help deliver on Ontario’s plan to build 15,000 new long-term care beds across the province over the next five years

Expanding public education on cannabis

  1. Include nurses in Ontario’s public awareness campaign that targets youth and adults to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use

These recommendations were submitted to the provincial government’s standing committee on finance and economic affairs and sent to Ontario’s finance minister for their pre-budget consultations.


CNA’s 2018 Ontario pre-budget submission [PDF, 213 KB] contained the following recommendations:

Non-medical cannabis use

  1. Involve nurses in a five-year, $48-million public education campaign to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use
  2. Make a one-time investment of $600,000 to increase Ontario nurses’ level of education to support their role as key sources of public information

Opioid crisis

  1. Increase share of funding for nurses in existing and future supervised injection sites
  2. 4. Make nurses part of the province’s overdose prevention strategy by including them in naloxone programs

Indigenous health

  1. Provide $4.5 million for a pilot project to create a mobile health-care simulation laboratory
  2. Invest $750,000 in Indigenous communities to support rollout of a technology system that enables clients, nurses and counsellors to support people recovering from opioid addiction and PTSD

CNA and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association made a joint presentation before the standing committee and, afterward, CNA was interviewed by CBC. Our recommendations were supported by the results of two surveys — a Nanos survey of the general public [PDF, 811.8 KB] (December 2017) and a survey of nurses [PDF, 757.2 KB] (September 2017).

Election 2018

Party leaders answer our questions on video

In advance of National Nursing Week 2018, CNA and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO) sent three questions to the leaders of the four main provincial parties. CNA and NPAO are pleased to share their video responses (available in English only).

Written responses to our party platform questionnaire

Before election day, make sure you read the responses to CNA’s platform recommendations in our 2018 Party Platform Questionnaire [PDF, 88.9 KB], which was sent to the parties.

CNA is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse or support any political party, platform or candidate. These video and written responses from the provincial parties provide Ontarians with relevant information to help them better evaluate the public policies of parties and candidates.

Election platform meetings in Ontario

On February 21 and 22, 2018, Mike Villeneuve, CNA’s CEO, and David Granovsky, CNA’s lead for government relations, met with members of provincial Parliament. We discussed CNA’s recommendations for their party platforms ahead of the June 7 provincial election. We were joined by leaders from the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario, including president Marnee Wilson, interim CEO Dawn Tymianski and chief operating officer Marcela Killin.

Our platform recommendations are found in CNA 2018 Party Platform Questionnaire [PDF, 88.9 KB], which was sent to the parties.

For more information, contact our team at govtrelations@cna-aiic.ca.