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Canadian Nurses Association welcomes the removal of more federal barriers for nurse practitioners in Bill C-44

Ottawa, May 17, 2017 — Barb Shellian, president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), issued the following statement prior to CNA’s appearance today before the House of Commons standing committee on finance:

“Measures included in Bill C-44, the first part of the 2017 budget implementation acts, further recognize the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) as key health-care providers in Canada. With the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, we urge committee members and senators (who are meeting tomorrow with the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology for a pre-study session of the bill) to adopt these proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code.

“As I noted on budget day, CNA was very pleased to see the federal government enable nurse practitioners (NPs) to certify eligibility for the disability tax credit. It was an important breakthrough for patients and NPs, setting the stage for improvements to other pieces of legislation.

“The changes outlined in Bill C-44 ensure the sustainability of our health-care system by permitting health-care professionals to treat patients to the full extent of their regulated qualifications. In the end, it will cut red tape and allow Canadians to receive better care and better value for their hard-earned tax dollars.

“When adopted, these measures will have an immediate impact on access to care for patients whose primary care is delivered by NPs.

“While more remains to be done, members of the committee can propose further amendments to improve the legislation by adding NPs to other sections of the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code.”

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca