Canada names new Chief Nursing Officer

last updated: August 24, 2022

As Canada’s largest group of regulated health professionals with more than 400,000 members, nurses are critical to Canada’s health care system. The Government of Canada recognizes the immense contributions and sacrifices they made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to make everyday. To that end, on February 1, 2022, the Government of Canada launched a process to reinstate the position of a federal Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to recognize their expertise and increase their input and input in decisions affecting our health care system.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, is pleased to announce Leigh Chapman as the new Chief Nursing Officer for Canada. Dr. Chapman is a registered nurse (RN) who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She was selected as the successful applicant due to her breadth of leadership experience in varied nursing environments. Her career has included work in all domains of nursing including practice, education, research, administration, policy, and advocacy.

As Canada’s CNO, Dr. Chapman will provide strategic advice from a nursing perspective to Health Canada on priority policy and program areas, including health workforce planning and stability, long-term care, home care, palliative care, mental health, alcohol and drug use, models of care, scope of practice and competencies. She will play a convening role with provincial/territorial governments along with federal health populations, the broad range of nursing stakeholders, regulatory bodies/colleges and educators on key nursing issues and will represent the Government of Canada at public forums, both within and outside of Canada – News Release, Health Canada