ONA Labour Disruption (Strike) Service Updates

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The bargaining committees for the Ontario Nurses Association and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit have reached a tentative agreement for the renewal of their collective agreement, which they will be recommending for acceptance.

 

During the strike of our public health nurses - members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - some of the TBDHU’s programs and services will continue while others are suspended or altered. Note that there also may be some delays in the services provided.

 

Services Available

The following programs and services will continue for Thunder Bay*:

  • Immunization record access
  • Vaccine ordering and delivery
  • Travel health clinic - Travelers are being referred to pharmacies who offer the service.
  • Outbreak management – E.g. respiratory outbreaks in long-term care homes
  • Infectious disease case management – E.g. follow-up of cases and contacts of tuberculosis, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Disease surveillance and reporting
  • Tobacco - Youth prevention, protection and enforcement activities
  • Grade 7 and high school immunizations
  • Flu clinics – Offered for children under 5 and their families.
  • Sexual health clinic services – Services offered based on need. Clients who are able, are referred to alternative clinics which offer the service.
  • Street Nursing – Continues with targeted outreach
  • Superior Points needle exchange and naloxone program
  • Septic applications, permits and land development inspections
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Health hazard investigations
  • Prevention and investigation of foodborne illnesses
  • Rabies prevention program
  • Restaurant and food premises inspections
  • Safe water program • Safe food handling courses
  • Infection prevention and control lapse complaints
  • Oral health home visits for Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
  • Oral health screening for high-risk children
  • Oral health pre-school and school screening and fluoride varnish
  • Community and school-based nutrition programming
  • Weed out the Risk (Cannabis) presentations in high schools
  • Physical activity programs

The following programs and services will continue in the District*:

  • Immunization record access
  • Vaccine ordering and delivery
  • Outbreak management – E.g. respiratory outbreaks in long-term care homes
  • Infectious disease case management – E.g. follow-up of cases and contacts of tuberculosis, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Disease surveillance and reporting
  • Tobacco – Youth prevention, protection and enforcement activities
  • Grade 7 and high school immunizations to be postponed to later in the school year. We will collaborate with individual schools to reschedule as able.
  • Superior Points needle exchange and naloxone program – Geraldton and Marathon offices
  • Septic applications, permits and land development inspections
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Health hazard investigations
  • Prevention and investigation of foodborne illnesses
  • Rabies prevention program
  • Restaurant and food premises inspections
  • Safe water program
  • Safe food handling courses
  • Infection prevention and control lapse complaints
  • Oral health pre-school and school screening and fluoride varnish
  • Community and school-based nutrition programming

* Public health programs and service delivery will be subject to change without notice

 

Services Unavailable

The following programs and services will be suspended until further notice*:

  • Nurse practitioner clinics
  • Street Nursing
  • Immunization and travel health clinics
  • Breastfeeding clinics
  • Prenatal classes
  • Parenting sessions, workshops and events
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
  • Flu clinics
  • Some School Health programming (includes classroom presentations and curriculum support)
  • Workplace Health program
  • Dental hygiene clinics for low-risk children
  • Take Control Smoking Cessation clinics  
  • Branch Office Nursing services

* Public health programs and service delivery will be subject to change without notice

The Sexual Health Clinics, although operating, will be offered based on need. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding. 

For updates on our service adjustments please continue to visit this page or phone the main office at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free 1-888-294-6630.

The health and well-being of the people and communities we serve is our top priority. We value our nurses for keeping our communities safe and healthy. The TBDHU is committed to continuing to working with ONA to reach a fair agreement as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding. 

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