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CNA’s Election Platform

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 135,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. Our aim is to strengthen Canada’s health system and improve the health outcomes of Canadians by advancing nursing leadership, advocating for healthy domestic and global public policy, and shaping system-level improvements.

CNA’s platform recommendations are intended to guide federal election candidates toward action that will improve the health and well-being of people in Canada.

We have four evidence-based recommendations:

  1. Support caregivers financially by amending federal tax laws:
    • Make the existing Canada caregiver credit fully refundable
    • Extend the federal compassionate care benefits to include a two-week period for bereavement.
  2. Adopt and implement a universal, single-payer pharmacare program that is sustainable and evidence-based
  3. Invest in technology-enabled virtual care beyond hospital walls, including the scale-up and spread of existing technologies in homes and communities
  4. Implement climate change and health strategies that:
    • Prevent and reduce the negative health effects of climate change
    • Increase health research and public education
    • Provide stable long-term funding to the health sector that addresses the effects of climate change

Download CNA’s election platform documents:

Detailed platform
[PDF, 622.9 KB]


Public polling data
[PDF, 157.1 KB]

CNA is a non-partisan organization. As such, we do not endorse any particular party. We look forward to working with all parties in an effort to serve Canadians who have entrusted us with their health.

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