Message from the Minister of Health – National Nursing Week: May 10-16, 2021


Nurses are the backbone of Canada's healthcare system. They have helped us through every aspect of this pandemic: from the emergency room to the ICU, from vaccination clinics to public health units, from long-term care to mental health services. Every Canadian has been able to benefit from their knowledge, skills and care—and many of us owe them our lives.

May 10 to 16 is National Nursing Week and this year's theme—"We Answer the Call"—reminds us of the courage and commitment shown by nurses. Whether you are a new member of this noble profession or you have come out of retirement to help during the pandemic, your contributions to Canada and Canadians are felt, and appreciated.

As Minister of Health, I am proud and humbled to recognize the contributions made by nurses every day, and to thank all nurses for their service. Nurses see us at our most vulnerable, and provide a steady hand and expert skill to guide us through difficult times. I invite everyone to join with me to celebrate nurses and their importance in helping Canadians live healthier lives. For more information about National Nursing Week, visit the Canadian Nurses Association.

The work nurses do, and the contributions they make, have never been more evident than this past year. We have all seen and heard how nurses continue to administer top-notch care in the face of crushing fatigue and incredible tragedy. While we applaud your professionalism, courage, and skill, we must also recognize the enormous pressures that you are working under. If you need support, please consider using the Wellness Together Canada portal, which provides free and confidential mental health and substance use support.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.

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