Stop the bleeding in Canada’s Health Workforce

CNA Board members meet with Members of Parliament during lobby week (February 28 to March 1) to make recommendations on how to support healthcare workers and nurses during this staffing crisis. 

Canada will be short 60,000 nurses by 2022. CNA predicted over 10 years ago that this crisis would occur.1 In many parts of the country, there simply aren’t enough nurses to provide care for those who need it.

Canada will face another public health emergency unless immediate action is taken. The COVID-19 pandemic has made nursing shortages much worse. Health-care workers are exhausted and demoralized. Widespread burnout is creating difficult working conditions that will persist long after the pandemic.2

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