The Community Health Nurses’ Initiative Group (CHNIG), was formed as an interest group under the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). CHNIG’s mission is to act as the voice of all Community Health Nurses (CHNs) who influence the health care system; as well as, advocate for the health and social policy in areas that affect the work of Community Health Nurses and the public we serve.

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To influence health and social policy.

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To build capacity and leadership in Community Health Nurses.

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To strengthen the profile of CHNs and articulate the significance of their practice.

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To promote, engage and maximize membership of CHNIG.

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To maximize nursing student involvement in community health nursing and CHNIG


Community health nurses vary in their roles, clients and program emphasis but we have common beliefs, values, traditions, skills, and above all, a unique focus promoting and protecting community health. This bond ties us together and gives us strength in numbers.


-CHNIG Executive

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To receive the CHNIG newsletter in your inbox, please update your email address associated with your RNAO and CHNIG memberships by visiting RNAO’s website, or by calling (416) 599-1925 / toll free: 1-800-268-7199.

Become a Member

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy.

The Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group Welcomes You!


When you join RNAO you join forces with over 41, 000 registered nurses and nursing students in Ontario who support RNAO’s ongoing political activity.


As a member of this RNAO group, you are entitled to:

  • Receiving CHNIG newsletters
  • Input in decisions relating to Community Nursing in Ontario
  • Exclusive access to CHN news
  • Representation at RNAO assembly meetings
  • Forum to influence health policy
  • Opportunity for educational bursaries and research grants



*Free for nursing student members
CHNIG is registered with Revenue Canada. Our $45 fee includes HST.
Our HST Registration Number is 827763707RT0001.

The Top 5 Reasons to Join CHNIG

Knowledge Exchange

In the form of Professional development, including Health Promotion Seminars Series webinars.


With other Community Health Nurses.

Financial Assistance

Including Scholarships/Awards to recognize your contributions and to aid your education or research. Bursaries are also available to support your attendance at the National Community Health Nursing Conference and the RNAO/CHNIG AGMs.


For issues you believe are important to community health nursing.


Best practice development in particular changes related to Primary Care, Public Health, Home Health and Education.