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Government Relations

As one of the most trusted voices on health care policy and delivery, nurses have proven to be strong advocates for high-quality patient care and better, broader public health care across Canada.

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) regularly engages with Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments. This advocacy includes regular meetings with ministers, premiers, parliamentarians and officials to discuss priority issues, hosting annual events that advance the perspectives and priorities of nurses, nurses’ unions and patients, and appearances before and submissions to parliamentary committees. We present the latest evidence and research findings from world-renowned health and policy experts to key decision makers.

While the main focus of the CFNU’s advocacy will always be improving health care, nurses know it is important to lobby for societal priorities that will make living in Canada and around the world a better place. Nurses recognize that broader issues, such as socio-economic status, play a key role in determining the health of populations. They also know that the public trust vested in them as advocates must be used to work towards a more just and equitable society for all.

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Meeting legislators

On a regular basis, the CFNU meets with key legislators and political leaders in Canada to speak about emerging and pressing issues facing nurses in Canada. We always ensure that we communicate with all political parties to ensure Canada’s nurses   are top-of-mind for political leaders of all stripes.

 

Policy Events

Premiers’ Summits

Premiers’ Summits

Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers gather at an annual meeting called the Council of the Federation (CoF) aimed for discussing shared issues in their relations with the federal government. Health care is often a major issue on the agenda. Every year during CoF, the CFNU hosts a premiers’ policy meeting where we bring in […]

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Parliamentary Breakfasts

Parliamentary Breakfasts

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosts an annual Parliamentary Breakfast attended by Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs) and health care stakeholders. The event is an opportunity to provide federal parliamentarians with information and recommendations on specific issues facing nurses and the health care sector. Parliamentary Breakfast, May 1, 2018 At the most recent Parliamentary […]

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Health Ministers’ Meeting

Health Ministers’ Meeting

Provincial and territorial ministers of health hold annual meetings to share information and collaborate on topics of mutual importance. The CFNU hosts a ministers’ health care policy event tied to these meetings, where we bring in world-leading experts to present the best available evidence to Canada’s health ministers to build effective solutions for health care. […]

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Parliamentary Committees

Parliamentary Committees

From time to time, the CFNU is called upon to present oral and/or written submissions to various parliamentary committees on a range of topics, as they undertake studies or debate bills on spending, legislation and other issues. These appearances provide an opportunity for the CFNU to bring the voices of frontline nurses and to deliver […]

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Canadian Labour Congress Lobby

Canadian Labour Congress Lobby

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) organizes an annual lobby day with Members of Parliament, which the CFNU participates in as an affiliated organization. CLC lobby days focus on several issues, with the aim of influencing decision-makers to take concrete action to advance the socio-economic well-being of its members and all working people. CLC Lobby February […]

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Canadian Health Coalition Lobby

Canadian Health Coalition Lobby

The Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) organizes an annual lobby of parliamentarians to promote public health care and proposes solutions to improve our system. As supportive and active member of the CHC, the CFNU participates in the lobby, contributing information, materials and attending meetings with MPs.  CHC Lobby January 29, 2019 The most recent CHC Lobby Day […]

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