Open letter to the Prime Minister to boost the Canada Health Transfer to Manitoba

By Alyson Pile posted 20 days ago

March 2021

RE: Long-term boost to Canada Health Transfer to Manitoba

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the nurses in Manitoba, we urge the federal government to increase health transfers to Manitoba. We fully support the Premiers and the Council of Federations’ call for a sustainable and long-term boost to the Canada Health Transfer.

One year into the pandemic, nursing and the health system are in a state of crisis. The pandemic highlighted the fact that healthcare systems were unprepared for such a global emergency. Recently, The International Council of Nurses released a media release and report about the exodus of experienced nurses due to COVID-19, which will compound current nursing shortages. In order to respond to this significant risk, improvements to the health system and new mental health supports to help healthcare workers deal with the trauma of the pandemic are needed.

The federal government must ensure that health transfers are increased to meet the current and future needs of a strained health system. In addition to increasing the Canada Health Transfer, ARNM strongly recommends that the federal government reinstate the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) position in Canada. This position should work with provinces and territories to ensure similar nursing leadership roles across Canada.

There must be leadership in nursing that addresses the significant shortages in health human resources and bridges the gaps between healthcare needs and services. The current fragmented approach to nursing policy has weakened our national capacity to appropriately respond to COVID-19 and eroded our ability to build a resilient and crisis-proof health system.

Our members are very appreciative of the federal government's support to nurses across Canada and in Manitoba. We look forward to a strong partnership between the federal government and the provinces to address critical issues of funding and capacity in our health systems.


Jennifer Dunsford RN MN

Dr. Cheryl Cusack RN PhD
Executive Director

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba
The Honourable Heather Stefanson, Manitoba Minister of Health and Seniors Care