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The ratio of registered nurses per capita in Ontario is sinking fast, says the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), putting the quality of care of the province’s patients at further risk.

A report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on registered nurses (RNs) in Canada showed that the province of Ontario continues to be in last place in the RN-to-population ratio.

“It is shameful that Ontario, the richest province in the country, continues to risk the care of our patients by not adequately staffing health-care facilities with RNs,” said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “There is no excuse for this province to have so few RNs, especially in the face of the overwhelming evidence that increased RN staffing improves patient outcomes and saves the system money.”

Ontario’s RN ratio per 100,000 population is worse than last year and remains at the bottom of the country for the second year in a row. “For Ontario to reach the average RN staffing ratio in Canada would now require 19,126 additional RNs,” notes Haslam-Stroud. “Ontario had just 703 RNs per 100,000 Ontarians in 2016, compared to the Canadian average of 839. Newfoundland and Labrador, by contrast, employs 1,141 RNs per 100,000 residents.”

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