ONA is the largest nurses’ union in Canada and prides itself on its beliefs, values and democracy. ONA is your Union. This section includes a copy of ONA’s Constitution, Statement of Beliefs, organization charts and position statements.

ONA Constitution

Read ONA’s Position Statements

The Ontario Nurses’ Association has developed Position Statements on a number of topics facing the nursing profession today.

As the front line of health care in Ontario, ONA members understand that anti-Black racism, discrimination and hate have no place in health care or in broader society.

On June 17, 2016, the federal government’s legislation with respect to medical assistance in dying (MAID) received royal assent. Bill C-14 (An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and to Make Related Amendments to other Acts [medical assistance in dying]) is now in force. It exempts health practitioners, including registered nurses and nurse practitioners, from criminal liability for participating in MAID, as long as certain conditions are met.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) takes the position that all employers should have a Photography, Video and Audio Tape Recording Policy.

ONA believes that the labour relations context of communication between union representatives/members and ONA members is legally privileged information and therefore not disclosable to the member of the respective colleges.

ONA has long held that health care should be delivered through publicly owned and not-for-profit organizations, under the guiding principles of the Canada Health Act. We believe that the proliferation of private, for-profit delivery of health care services is a threat to our cherished Medicare system and must be stopped.

In accordance with our Statement of Beliefs, the Ontario Nurses’ Association believes it is the right of all members to work in an environment that promotes dignity and respect for everyone.

ONA believes that primary health care reform is urgently needed to address the problems Ontarians have in accessing health services.

A brief statement and rationale to explain ONA’s position on the use of generic health-care workers. Because patient populations, acuity of illness, current staffing mix, working conditions and supervision differ so much between the three sectors – hospitals, long term care and community care – the manner in which health-care workers other than registered nursing personnel may be most effectively used will differ markedly.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association believes performance appraisals/evaluations of employees are the responsibility and function of management. Grievances should be filed whenever ONA members are required to do performance appraisals of other employees.

ONA supports the right of its members to object to work assignments for bona fide religious reasons and to be accommodated in the workplace.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has long held the belief that health care employers must provide a quality work environment that allows nurses to care for patients according to best practices and to meet the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) standards. We believe hospital overcapacity protocols that result in hallway nursing put patients and nurses at increased risk and must be stopped.

ONA is committed to ensuring the image projected of nurses in advertising and by the media is a positive one, reflecting our true value to our profession. ONA believes negative portrayals of nurses discourage people from entering and remaining in the profession and diminish the worth of nurses to the very people for whom they care.