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Office of Nursing Policy (ONP)

This Office was created in 1999 to strengthen the focus on nursing policy issues within Health Canada. It is responsible for advising Health Canada on the nursing perspective on various policy issues and programs, representing that perspective in various fora, contributing to health policy formulation and program development, and working closely with the nursing community in developing advice to the Minister and the department.

The Office of Nursing Policy remains committed to advancing Health Canada's mandate and mission by optimizing the contributions of nurses in improving the health of Canadians. We continue to focus on what needs to occur in the nursing workforce to ensure that all Canadians have access to health services when and where they need them, that the quality of those services is continually improved, and that the system can provide the necessary care for today and has the capacity to identify and adapt to the emerging needs and challenges of tomorrow.

For more information specific to nursing policy issues, please visit the Nursing Policy page.