Welcome to the Ontario Nurses’ Association! We are glad that you have joined us!

nmp-welcomeONA is the proud union representing more than 68,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals and 18,000 nursing students. Our dedicated members provide quality care in all facets in health care including hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics, industry, community health centres and family health teams. As Canada’s largest nurses’ union, ONA has been advocating for our patients, residents and clients since 1973.

Membership Advantages

nmp-memberFounded more than four decades ago by 85 independent nurses’ associations, we provide expert services and professional representation to you as an ONA member.

We have strong provincial and local leadership and, as an ONA member, you have a direct say in your bargaining unit and the opportunity to elect provincial representatives. We hold elections for all positions, unless acclaimed.

Because we are a nursing and health-care professionals’ union, ALL of our resources are devoted to advancing and supporting the interests of registered nurses and health-care professionals. ONA brings expertise in representing and supporting members in a variety of ways:

ONA achieves fairness

nmp-fairnessEvery day, ONA fights for a fair workplace for ONA’s registered nurses and health-care professionals. We have achieved many significant enhancements to our members’ working conditions thanks in part to our central bargaining processes. Improvements include:

  • The professional responsibility clause.
  • Premium pay, shift, weekend, on-call and student supervision premiums.
  • Protection from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
  • Protection from discipline/termination.
  • Paid professional learning.
  • Protection from health and safety hazards.
  • Wage increases.
  • Salary top-up for maternity and parental leave.
  • Dental, mental health and extended health-care benefits.
  • Pension improvements.
  • Leaves of absence.
  • Vacation entitlement, scheduling provisions and more.

As an ONA member, you have protection at your workplace against unfair practices and unsafe work conditions. Your workplace rights are outlined in a collective agreement (a legal contract between ONA and your employer.)

Your collective agreement outlines your terms and conditions of employment, including pay rates and benefits, statutory holidays, vacation time, sick leave, and short- and long-term disability and mileage. It may also contain clauses about seniority rights, job postings, job security and the grievance procedure (including arbitration), which is used to enforce your collective agreement rights. Most ONA collective agreements include unique language about professional responsibility and workload.

ONA takes action

nmp-actionsAs a mature organization, ONA knows how to advocate with government, employers and stakeholders to make positive changes for our patients, residents and clients.

We play an important role in influencing policy and making legislative changes to improve working conditions for health-care workers. Our Communications and Government Relations Team (CGRT) arranges meetings regularly with government ministers, policymakers and legislators to ensure that ONA’s voice is heard loud and clear.

We initiate major public awareness and advocacy campaigns on issues that impact nurses and health-care professionals. Our award-winning marketing campaigns spur thoughtful discussions and actions for positive change. Media relations help us gain public support for staffing levels, worker and patient safety, quality patient care in our various sectors, and other topics of concern. We also mobilize members to engage, motivate, plan and participate in a variety of actions that move our issues and initiatives forward.


nmp-duesONA membership dues are a flat rate – a set amount that you pay monthly through payroll deductions after your first collective agreement is ratified.

The services ONA provides are funded by the dues our members pay. These services and benefits include access to our education workshops and programs; professional practice specialists who advise members on nursing practice concerns; a Human Rights and Equity Team that promotes equality and works for fair and impartial consideration of issues; access to the ONA Benefits Program, which provides base Long-Term Disability (LTD) for members not covered through their employer/collective agreement; malpractice insurance; and much more.

You can deduct union dues from your taxable income.

Click here to see the current dues table.

Legal Assistance

leap-new-memberThese situations can include complaints or reports from the college about your professional practice, appeals of regulatory body decisions, and reports to the Information and Privacy Commissioner under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

All registered nurses, graduate nurses and health-care professionals for whom ONA is the bargaining agent are covered by LEAP. Newly organized members who are not yet paying dues can buy coverage for a small fee. Eligibility is limited to incidents that occur in the course of your employment as a registered or graduate nurse or health-care professional. The incident must have occurred at a workplace for which ONA is the bargaining agent.

Please contact LEAP at LEAPintake@ona.org

Benefits and Insurance

nmp-benefitsAs an ONA member, you have access to ONA’s benefits program through Johnson Insurance, which provides base long-term disability for members not covered through their employer. You are covered through Johnson Insurance and may be eligible for $250 of monthly LTD benefit, should you become disabled due to illness or injury.

Johnson Insurance is also aware of the increased risk of infection that you face every day as a health-care professional. As a dues-paying member of ONA, under the age of 75, if you are diagnosed with a critical illness (life threatening cancer, stroke, heart attack, benign brain tumour, coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic surgery, occupational Hep C, or occupational HIV), you may be eligible for a lump sum benefit payment of $2,500 if you are part-time or casual or $5,000 if you are a full-time member.

If you do not have employer-sponsored LTD coverage, you are covered through Johnson Insurance and may be eligible for $250 of monthly LTD benefit, should you become disabled due to illness or injury.

For more information, go to Johnson’s website at www.ona.johnson.ca or call 1-844-203-8412.

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