Canada’s anti-spam legislation comes into force this year

On December 4, 2013, Canada’s Minister of Industry announced July 1, 2014 as the Phase One coming-into-force date of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (“CASL”). Phase One includes the section 6 provisions related to commercial electronic messages (CEMs) (commonly known as spam). In Phase Two (January 15, 2015), section 8 of CASL comes into force. Read More

BILL 78: How Ontario’s proposed regime for the sharing of electronic personal health information will impact your organization


On May 29, 2013, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introduced Bill 78, the Electronic Personal Health Information Act, 2013 (e-PHIPA). If passed, e-PHIPA would amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) so as to enable the creation of a single, provincial electronic health record (EHR) created and maintained by “prescribed organizations”. The Bill does not specifically identify any prescribed organization, but it is assumed that eHealth Ontario (eHO) will be the first so named. Read More

Ontario’s primary care sector submits its inaugural quality improvement plans

In 2010, the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) was introduced as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s provincial Action Plan for Health Care. ECFAA required Ontario hospitals to develop and submit annual Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) with identified and measurable quality improvement initiatives. These hospital-focussed QIPs were one pillar of a broader mandate of systemic quality improvement in Ontario. To that end, it had always been understood that the Ministry’s quality focus would eventually widen to encompass other sectors. Read More

New rules for drug advertising on the internet

Earlier this year, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board (PAAB) released its revised Code of Advertising Acceptance with new provisions relating to drug product advertising (prescription, non-prescription, biologics and natural health products) delivered through the internet and social media.  The new Code provisions will come into effect on July 1, 2013. Read More