A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



  • No new Bills of interest.

Status of Previously Reported 


Bill Status
Bill 160 – Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017  

It is still under consideration of a Bill before the Standing Committee (General Government). Last consideration before the Committee was on November 22, 2017.


Bill 174 – Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statue Law Amendment Act, 2017


Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy pursuant to the Order of the House on November 23, 2017.



Proposed and Approved Regulations

  1. O.REG 107/96 (Controlled Acts) – Regulated Heath Professions Act, 1991

 The proposed amendments to O.REG 107/96 would allow for a period of time during which anyone may perform the controlled act of psychotherapy. The purpose of this exemption allows a transitional period for individuals who provide psychotherapy services to register with an appropriate regulatory College. At the end of the transitional period, individuals who have not registered with one of the relevant regulatory colleges will no longer be able to perform the controlled acts in the course of providing health care services to an individual unless it is done through legitimate delegation or subject to certain exceptions set out in the RHPA.


Social work and social service work students would also be allowed to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy under supervision, in the course of fulfilling requirements to become members of the profession. A similar provision exists for regulated health professions in the RHPA.


For more information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=25567&language=en


  1. Proposed Approach to the regulation of Cannabis (Consultation Paper)


The Government of Canada intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018. To support implementation of the proposed Act, regulations would need to be enacted in a range of areas, such as cannabis product standards and packaging and labelling requirements, to ensure that the risks and harms of cannabis are appropriate addressed under the legal framework. Health Canada proposes to build on established regulatory requirements that have long been in place for current producers of cannabis for medical purposes or industrial hemp.


The purpose of this consultation paper is to solicit public input and views on the approach to these regulations. It is important that the public provide feedback as the draft regulations will not be pre-published to meet the July 2018 deadline.


Consultation Paper: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-proposed-approach-regulation-cannabis/proposed-approach-regulation-cannabis.html


Health-Related Newsroom


St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a 30 million Centre to fight MS

Articles of Interest

Opioid Crisis

Health Canada eyes opioid restrictions for popular painkiller

Opioid prescriptions in Canada on the rise over last 5 years

Surgeons and the opioid crisis: We need prescription guidelines

Canada’s anti-money laundering agency crunches data in fight against fentanyl


Medical Marijuana

Liberals announce Canadian legalized marijuana regulations with public consultation

Quebec government reveals details of marijuana bill

Comparing marijuana to fentanyl is social conservatism without a clue: Robyn Urback


Health Care

Yukon rolls out world-first — labels warning alcohol can cause cancer

New report alleges big sugar tried to hide possible link to cancer 50 years ago

Sugar industry misled public, hid connection to heart disease for decades: U.S. report

Bird flu’s fifth wave: Experts quietly warn that the virus is spreading in Asia



New reasons not to eat cookie dough

Drinking three cups of coffee a day tied to health benefits: study


What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do in Toronto

Cavalcade of Lights (Official lighting of Toronto’s Christmas Tree)

Toronto Christmas Market