As a mature organization with more than four decades of experience, ONA knows how to advocate with government and stakeholders to make positive changes for our patients, clients and residents.
We have been an important part in making legislative changes to improve working conditions for health-care workers, particularly around needlestick injuries and workplace violence prevention legislation.
Our Communications and Government Relations Team (CGRT) arranges meetings regularly with government policy-makers and legislators to ensure that ONA’s voice is heard loud and clear.
ONA proactively monitors Queen’s Park for proposed legislative changes that may impact members. When such legislation is introduced, CGRT works with ONA’s leaders to develop and submit briefs, make presentations to standing committees and advocate for amendments, if needed. The Team also develops key messages and briefing notes for those meeting with government officials.
CGRT staff work with ONA leaders to regularly meet with cabinet ministers and political staff on a range of issues. Developing and implementing strategies to influence government policy and legislation through letters, online campaigns and lobbying events is also a regular activity.
We understand how government works, who is in government, and we stay abreast of current health policy trends and nursing workforce statistics in order to support ONA’s positions.
ONA also has a seat at the table on many government committees and working groups, such as the current Roundtable on Workplace Violence and the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee.
ONA also makes submissions to government on a range of issues including budgets, legislative changes, and much more. ONA staff members work with Local leaders to reach out to their Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to discuss – face-to-face – issues that affect our patients in their communities.
The list of current provincial government leaders including the Premier, the Ministers, and all MPPs are found here.
ONA Writes to Government
March 2, 2017
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud has written a letter to MP Todd Doherty regarding Bill C-211, calling for nurses to be included in the “range of professions that should be covered in any PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) initiative, strategy, conference, and treatment plan.” The letter states, in part:
“Nurses are, in every sense, first responders, who are more likely to be attacked at work than prison guards and police. And nurses are, more often than other groups, “first responders” to traumatic events such as violent incidents at work, child assaults and deaths, sexual assaults, critical injuries, suicides, armed patients/members of the public, life-threatening infectious disease outbreaks and more.”