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Years of underfunding have left Ontario with a significant care deficit. Ontario has the lowest ratio of RNs-per-population in Canada, and that gap has been getting worse. In 2017 Ontario lost 654 Registered Nurses – more than one million hours of specialized patient care. Plus, there are more than 10,000 RN positions currently vacant in provincial hospitals, leaving patients without access to the expert care of RNs and vulnerable to increased risks of complications and infections.

As advocates for our patients, we’re calling on the government to address this shortfall by guaranteeing funding for 10,000 additional RNs over four years. This commitment to front-line expertise will help to close the gap, giving patients the care they need and deserve.

Should the Ontario government make it a priority to hire 10,000 RNs over the next four years?