Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- May 28th
Dear ,

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health released a memo on pandemic pay and shared updated information on their website. Here are some key details for RPNs:

Despite calls from WeRPN and other health organizations, the government has said they will not be expanding the list of eligible professionals. RPNs in eligible sectors (hospital, home and community care, long-term care, retirement home, corrections and social services) will be able to access pandemic pay. Click here for full eligibility list

Timing Update:
In the first week of June, ministries will start sending funding details to employers that receive funding directly from government and service delivery managers.

Employers will receive funding for pandemic pay as quickly as possible – starting in early June, though exact timing will vary. Eligible employees will receive pandemic pay through their existing payroll systems. Appropriate accountability requirements will be in place to ensure that funding is provided to eligible employees.

Eligible employees will receive temporary pandemic pay on hourly wages and those working over 100 hours in a designated four-week period will receive monthly lump sum payments. This pay will be provided retroactively to April 24, 2020.

We will keep you updated as more details become available.

A Brief Note about the next couple Newsletters: We will have a brief interruption of our daily newsletter tomorrow and Monday. You can look forward to catching up on all our news when we're back on Tuesday June 2nd.

Launching WeRPN's Awards of Excellence
Each year we celebrate exceptional RPNs and RPN-employers through our Awards of Excellence. We have just launched this year's Call for Nominations and encourage you to click here for more details and consider who you can nominate.

To nominate an outstanding RPN, please visit to download the nomination forms. Nominations due by Friday July 24th, 2020.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Today, the Premier announced that the government it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table. This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with issues related to staffing levels, infection management and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A reminder that the Chief Medical Officer of Health's Directive #2 has been amended to reflect the gradual restart of all deferred and non-essential and elective services carried out by health care providers.

An accompanying document, COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart, has also been developed to outline measures that must be in place for the provision of in-person health services by health care providers. A reminder that health care providers must also adhere to guidance provided by their applicable health regulatory college.

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

Key Federal Updates
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in a major United Nations meeting and led a call for global co-operation as government consider how to mitigate the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 26,866 confirmed cases (increase of 383),
20,673 resolved cases, 2,189 deaths and 11,868 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 833 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 137 are in ICU and 94 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

Urgent Jobs During COVID-19
RPNs seeking opportunities to support COVID efforts can find postings on the following sites:

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

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


WeRPN Team

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