Take action to solve Canada's nursing shortage!

Canada’s nurses have a clear message for our nation’s leaders: our public health care systems are in crisis. At the heart of this crisis is a dire shortage of nurses and other health professionals.

The effects are being felt in every community, province, and territory across Canada. We’re already seeing hospitals forced to cut services or shut down entirely because of critical shortages of nurses and doctors.

We didn’t get here by accident. Today’s crisis is the result of years of underinvestment, inadequate planning and weakened or fragmented regulation.

Without concerted action from federal, provincial and territorial governments, these alarming trends will not only continue, but could potentially threaten the future of Canadian health care.

Let's be clear: There is no healthcare without health care workers. There is no health care without nurses.

Canada needs bold leadership to tackle the nursing shortage. The CFNU urgently calls on Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland to convene a meeting of First Ministers from across the country to discuss critical priorities, including urgently needed strategies to retain and recruit health care workers.