Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- April 17th
Dear ,

We know that this pandemic is taking a personal toll on everyone, especially nurses like you delivering care on the frontlines.

Have you been feeling overwhelmed, worried or stressed? You are not alone! We know nurses are facing immense pressure during COVID-19 and we are here to support you. Please consider joining a live and interactive webinar on Building Resilience, led by Julia Scott and Beth High. The webinar will take place 3 separate times. Click on your preferred date below to register and secure your spot (please choose only one).

Our Presenters:
Julia Scott is a nursing and leadership consultant, and founder of the Dorothy Wylie Nursing and Health Leaders Institutes.  She is currently working with WeRPN to bring programs like this to Ontario RPNs.

Beth High is a program designer, coach, keynote speaker, author from Chapel Hill, North Carolina with expertise in leadership, mindfulness and communication.  She and Julia worked together as faculty of the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute from 2016 to 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia at

Urging Action for Home and Community Care
In case you missed it, yesterday, we released an open letter urging more action from the government to protect nurses and residents in Home and Community Care. Read our open letter

Urgent Jobs During COVID-19
The Ontario Long Term Care Association has launched a new job matching program for nurses and other staff interested supporting residents in LTC. Paid opportunities are also available for qualified nursing students.

There are several new job postings on our
COVID-19 Staff Needed section.

The Provincial Government is helping recruit health care workers through their new portal and match them with opportunities. Health Force Ontario continues to recruit health professionals.

We encourage RPNs looking for employment opportunities to sign up on all the platforms noted above.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
During his daily press conference, Doug Ford announced that the province will be releasing additional modelling on Monday.

Doug Ford also committed to enhancing wages for Long Term Care. The province is currently working with the federal government.

The ministry has updated the Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance

The province also announced that the government has partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The government has also taken steps to enable auto insurance companies to provide temporary insurance premium rebates to drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario website

Key Federal Updates
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $1.7 billion to clean up orphan wells in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as aid for rural businesses and people working in the arts and culture sectors.

The federal government is also offering $250-million in pandemic support to the technology sector through its Industrial Research Assistance Program as part of $1.2-billion in new funding for entrepreneurs

For more information, we encourage you to visit the Government of Canada website.

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 9,525 confirmed cases (increase of 564), 4,556 resolved cases, 478 deaths and 5,993 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is now also reporting that 829 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 245 are in ICU and 200 are vented. To view these additional details: click here

Click Here
to read the latest Ministry of Health Daily Report
**Please note, these reports are intended for health professionals only and we request that you not share this with the public.

World Health Organization Situation Reports are also available here

In the News
For an interactive map tracking all cases across Canada and internationally, click here

Below are some key stories from today that may be of interest to our members:

We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for the important work that you're doing and the sacrifices you're making to keep Ontarians safe. We appreciate everything that you're doing each and every day.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tiff Blair at


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