Bill 124 is an Ontario legislation that limits wage increases for nurses and actively contributes to the current nursing staffing crisis by exacerbating burnout, decreasing morale, and undervaluing the essential role that nurses play in our healthcare system. In doing so, Bill 124 threatens the quality of healthcare provided to patients across the province, and negatively impacts the training of future medical professionals. The strain Bill 124 has placed on the healthcare system will have adverse effects at all levels of care, for years to come.
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58% of workers living in Canada do not have access to paid sick leave. Since labour policy is provincially regulated, paid sick leave legislation differs across the provinces. Currently, paid sick leave is only legislated in Quebec (two days per year), in PEI (one day after five years with the same employer), and for federally-regulated workers (three days per year). In Ontario, where there are no provincially regulated sick days, individual workplace policies dictate access to paid sick leave.
At the beginning of this month, the Government of Ontario released a new tiered framework for the province to combat the spread of COVID-19. On November 12th, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) released a statement calling for tighter restrictions from the Ontario government to curb the spread of COVID-19. With record high cases increasing by the day, the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) supports the OMA’s call to increase restrictions within each tier of the framework and allocate more resources for testing and contact tracing.
As a community of future physicians, OMSA recognizes that racism and discrimination have direct consequences on health and contribute to creating and perpetuating health inequities. As an
Meet Kaitlin Endres (University of Ottawa), our Student of the Season for Winter 2019!
OMSA is concerned about the province's plan to substantially cut support for municipal health units by reducing the provincial share of program funding. Several municipalities, regional governments, and other healthcare stakeholders including the Ontario Medical Association have also expressed their concern about reducing support for local public health units. The vague nature of recent healthcare cuts have left the future of our provincial healthcare system unclear to both the general population as well as to healthcare students and professionals.
OMSA held its Annual Lobby Day today at Queen's Park where 60 medical students across Ontario met with Members of Provincial Parliament. Ontario medical students are alarmed by the increasing number of medical graduates who do not secure a residency spot to continue their required medical training, otherwise known as going 'unmatched'. This is the second straight year where Ontario medical students voted to advocate on this issue. Historically, 10 to 20 graduates in Canada were unmatched each year, but that number reached an all-time high in 2018 when
Meet Max Zworth (McMaster University), our Student of the Season for Fall 2018!
Today, hundreds of Ontario medical students are receiving the first iteration results of the 2019 R-1 Main Residency Match. OMSA would like to congratulate our colleagues who matched today. We also express our support to all students who were not matched to a residency training spot. These results do not define you. Information regarding next steps including the second iteration are available at carms.ca and through your school's Student Affairs Office.
OMSA's Northern Ontario Rural Medicine Committee (NORM) is happy to announce a new series entitled "Rural Doc Spotlight". The goal of the program is to bring awareness to rural careers in medicine by highlighting the incredible physicians who currently work in Ontario's rural communities.