Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Voting information was mailed to all members working in the hospital sector.
If you have not received it contact Vicki Romaniuk at 519‑966‑6350, toll free at 1‑800-387-5580, extension 5221 or at
Deadline to vote is August 10th at 1600 hrs!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Nursing Union Leaders Brief Premiers

Access through Innovation: 
Maximizing Federal Mental Health presented at Premiers’ Summit

EDMONTON – Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) leaders and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) co-hosted a premiers’ breakfast briefing on mental health care today.

ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN, Regional Vice-President Cathryn Hoy, RN and CEO/CAO Marie Kelly along with CFNU President Linda Silas and Canadian nurses’ union leaders co-hosted the event during the premiers’ summit. The briefing featured two speakers dedicated to improving Canadian mental health care – Michael Kirby, former senator and current founding chair of Partners for Mental Health, and Tazz Norris, a Canadian mental health motivational speaker also known as Big Daddy Tazz.

McKenna notes that statistics show that 20 per cent of Canadian children and youth will develop a mental illness by age 25, and 43 per cent of Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness over the course of their lives. Fully half of family doctors’ time is spent addressing mental health issues or illness, costing the Canadian economy upwards of $50 billion a year.

“As nurses working on the front lines with patients and families impacted by mental illness, we know it is crucial that the $5 billion invested by the federal government in targeted funding for mental illness be wisely invested in effective, innovative approaches to improve access to mental health services,” says McKenna.

Kirby said that “the most important, and cost-effective innovation in mental health is to provide psychotherapy to all, starting with children and youth. This would enable young Canadians to overcome mental illness by early adulthood and save governments millions of dollars.”

Kirby, who was Chair of the Senate Committee which authored the 2006, ground-breaking report, “Out of the Shadows: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada,” briefed the premiers on needed innovations to mental health care. ONA and the CFNU will continue to work with federal, provincial and territorial governments to improve public health-care services for all Canadians.
ONA is the union representing 64,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as almost 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

NOTICE Hospital Central Negotiating Team Elections

Full-time Candidates for ONA Region 5:

James Murray                                                   Betty Scott
London Health Sciences Centre                  St. Joseph’s Health Care
Local 100                                                        Local 45
Toll-free: 1-877-839-6245 ext. 7800                           Toll-free: 1-877-839-6245 ext. 7801
See like below for email contact details                      See like below for email contact details 

Part-time Team Member for ONA Region 5 (acclaimed):
(No election required)

Joanne Wilkinson
London Health Sciences Centre
Local 100
Voting information will be sent to all members in the hospital sector on July 10, 2017.  Members will be entitled to vote until August 10, 2017 for one full-time and one part-time candidate from their region, unless the position has been acclaimed.

For more information on ONA’s Hospital Central Negotiating Team election, please visit our website at  You may contact the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer) at or 416‑964‑8833, ext. 2801, or (toll-free) 1-800-387-5580. Press 1 for “English” or 2 for “French,” then press 0 and enter 2801 when prompted.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ONA Celebrates Pride 2017- Let's celebrate!

It is Pride month in Ontario, and as a leader in human rights and equity issues, ONA is a leader among unions in celebrating Pride.

Pride events stem from an incident in 1969, when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.  The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar which catered to an assortment of patrons, but which was popular with the most marginalized people in the gay community. The Stonewall riots are generally considered to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, as it was the first time in modern history that a significant body of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people resisted arrest. Most Pride events take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots.

On Sunday, June 25, Pride events will be held in Toronto and other cities to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture. Events will also be held across the province during the summer months.

As nurses and healthcare professionals, we know that LGBTQ+ workers and patients may feel invisible and unable to fully express themselves in their workplaces and their communities. Pride celebrations promote self-affirmation and expression, acceptance, acknowledgement and respect in the community. These activities also give members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Two-Spirit communities the opportunity to celebrate diverse histories, experiences, backgrounds and the progress they have made. Pride expresses the efforts of diverse member communities to build a larger community that is inclusive of all.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is proud to recognize and support the diversity of our members and staff, and to join in the fight against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. ONA believes in everyone’s right to dignity and equal treatment on the job.

We are committed to making our members’ workplaces safe and respectful for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people. Please join with ONA to support and show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ members who experience discrimination or harassment and enforce their rights.

Please join us and other allies in celebrating Pride 2017. For a complete list of local Pride celebrations, please visit

ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit as to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team, contact team members, and to access valuable resources.

June 21 – National Aboriginal Day in Canada - A message from our Provincial President

Tomorrow – June 21 – is National Aboriginal Day in Canada.
This is a significant date, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and special contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. As nurses and health-care professionals, please join with ONA in marking National Aboriginal Day 2017.
As a leader in human rights and equity issues that impact not just our members, but all members of society, ONA is committed to advocating for access to high-quality health care for all.
We know there are shocking discrepancies in the access to and quality of care of our First Nations peoples, and we know we must continue to advocate for healthcare for all.
We must ensure access to treatment in remote, rural parts of this country. And we must continue to fight to build education programs, and to educate nurses, for people on reserves.
Just two weeks ago, members of ONA joined Canada’s nurses in Calgary for the CFNU Biennial Convention, and issued a public call to close the gaps between non-indigenous and First Nations health care.
As Canada marks the summer solstice – a day of cultural significance for many Aboriginal peoples and communities – ONA encourages all members to pause and celebrate the unique history and the role of First Nations people.
For those who can, attend a National Aboriginal Day event, such as Toronto’s Annual Sunrise Ceremony. For a list of ceremonies, visit To learn more about ONA’s work on human rights and equity issues, and for resources including posters for National Aboriginal Day, visit ONA's website at
Please join with me in celebrating the knowledge and wisdom of our First Nations peoples, and Aboriginal members of ONA, on this special day.
In solidarity,
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN
ONA President

Monday, 19 June 2017

ONA Win Confirmed: Health Sciences North Health-Care Professionals to Join ONA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                 June 14, 2017

SUDBURY – The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ruled in favour of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) regarding the representation of approximately 800 health-care professionals employed by Health Sciences North.

“We are very pleased with the Labour Board’s decision, which puts to rest once and for all the outstanding issues surrounding the vote,” said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “We are thrilled to represent and welcome the Medical Laboratory Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Kinesiologists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Radiation Technologists, Physiotherapists, Speech Language Pathologists, X-Ray Technicians and over 50 other classifications of health professionals into ONA.”

ONA represents 1,300 registered nurses (RNs) at HSN. Last year, several groups of health-care professionals – about 190 workers in total – voted to join ONA. The employer and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) then requested a Labour Board vote after three workers from North Bay were transferred to HSN. The vote was won by ONA. Our new Bargaining Unit now includes the 190 ONA members, the previous approximately 500 OPSEU members and approximately 80 non-union employees. They are now part of ONA, the largest health-care union in Ontario.

“We are looking forward to working with all members – new and seasoned – to negotiate a new collective agreement and to address their work-related issues,” said Haslam-Stroud.

ONA is the union representing 64,000 registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, family health teams, community health centres, the community, clinics and industry.