Health Law Update


See our separate post on Bill 218, which if passed will offer liability protection against COVID-19 claims:


  1. Amendment of Regulation O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)

The proposed amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under PHIPA would name the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) as a prescribed ministry for purposes of section 46 of PHIPA.

This would provide the minister of MCCSS with the power to direct custodians to disclose personal health information for purposes of determining, providing, monitoring or verifying payment relating to programs it funds.

Currently, MCCSS funds custodians to provide programs for health care delivery and those custodians have no clear authority to disclose to MCCSS the personal health information needed for MCCSS to assess whether programs it funds are successful. This amendment would allow for MCCSS to collect personal health information in order to make better evidence-based allocation decisions.

Comment Due Date: Dec 30, 2020

More information

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Government invests $1.9 million in COVID-19 immunity study of high-risk populations

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Inside Ontario’s overwhelmed labs: How lingering issues and mistakes caused massive COVID-19 testing backlog

It may be time to reset expectations on when we’ll get a Covid-19 vaccine

Ford asking for reopenings in Stage 2 areas as Ontario confirms 896 new COVID-19 cases


‘World first’ Parkinson’s treatment undergoing clinical trial in Toronto

Ontario man denied government-funded mental health support for having ‘complex’ case


Assisted dying bill passes House of Commons vote in principle

Data, Privacy and AI

Cyberattack on Montreal’s west end health agency leads it to unplug from internet

Privacy investigation finds 5 million shoppers’ images collected at malls across Canada

NYGH deploys clinical decision support for DI

New system eases clinical communication at Michael Garron

Building Wave of Ransomware Attacks Strike U.S. Hospitals

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Health Law Update


The Liberal Party introduced an amendment to the Connecting Care Act, 2019. Bill 212 would provide for a patient bills of rights, including the right to have access to an essential caregiver. First reading was held on October 6th.


No new or proposed regulations.

Government News

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Ontario Adding Over 200 More Transitional Care Beds Across the Province

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Canada tops 190,000 total coronavirus cases as deaths near 9,700

Ontario government announces change to controversial teacher hiring rule

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Canadian ministers to meet with stakeholders to address systemic racism in health-care system against Indigenous peoples

Data, Privacy and AI

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Health Law Update


No new bills of interest.


REG2020 – Improving Access to Exceptional Access Program Drugs for Ontarians Living Near Manitoba and Quebec Borders under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act.

This proposed regulation would make Quebec and Manitoba physicians and nurses who have the authority to prescribe drugs “authorized prescribers” for the purposes of Ontario’s Exceptional Access Program (EAP).

Comments Due Date: Nov 20, 2020

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Government News

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Ontario tightens restrictions in 3 major areas amid 939 new cases of COVID-19

Appointment-based COVID-19 testing leaves behind vulnerable people, Ontario doctor says

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Doctors, pharmacies explore drive-thrus, outdoor clinics to meet flu shot demand

Data, Privacy and AI

Online privacy is even more at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, federal watchdog warns

Is Data The Answer To Scaling Compassion In Healthcare?

Toronto hospital network says info of about 150 patients allegedly stolen

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15 things to do in Toronto this Thanksgiving weekend 2020

Thanksgiving 2020: What’s open, what’s closed in Toronto

Why Thanksgiving turkeys will be smaller this year

Toronto’s best pizza right now

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Health Law Update


Bill 203, the More Than A Visitor Act (Caregiving in Congregate Care Settings) was introduced on September 16th and referred to committee on September 24th. It was introduced by Lisa Gretzky (NDP), MPP for Windsor West. A response to the pandemic lockdowns experienced in long-term care, residential care and other congregate care settings, the Bill would require the Minister to acknowledge the rights of “designated caregivers” to have access to their loved ones in order to provide care and support. The Bill acknowledges that these designated caregivers are essential partners in care and support.


No proposed or approved regulations of interest.

Government News

Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

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Ontario Provides $461 Million to Temporarily Enhance Wages For Personal Support Workers

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

Electronic Press Kit Now Available: Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe

Ontario Continues to Strengthen and Secure Public Sector Cyber Security

Articles of Interest


Ontario implementing stricter public health measures as province sets COVID-19 case record

Ontario imposing new masking policy for all indoor spaces, new regional restrictions amid 2nd wave of COVID-19

Today’s coronavirus news: De Villa urging residents to stay home for all but essential activities; Canada expands travel exemptions at U.S. border; Ontario reports record-high 732 new cases

Doug Ford boosts pay for personal support workers as Ontario records 538 new COVID-19 cases

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Kid’s got a runny nose? COVID-19 testing no longer required under Ontario screening rules

Ontario home-care providers push for expanded services to fight pandemic

Health Canada issues recall of counterfeit hand sanitizer

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Post-COVID-19 Patient Experience: 3 Ways Healthcare Has Changed

First Nations

Second Quebec health care worker fired after Indigenous woman’s hospital death

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Data, Privacy and AI

The Impact of AI on Healthcare

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What’s happening in Toronto, Oct. 2-4, 2020

Health Law Update


No new bills of interest.


No new and approved regulations of interest.

Government News

New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Ontario Investing $741 Million to Reduce Surgeries Backlog and Expand Access to Care

Articles of Interest


2 London-area seniors’ homes hit with COVID-19 outbreaks

University of Toronto receives $250M donation for health-care research, medical innovation

No one likes wearing a mask — but with COVID-19 cases rising, you should put it on more often than you think

Southwestern Ontario county opens student-only coronavirus test sites

Ontario’s new testing strategy highlights complexities of 2nd wave, experts say

Group of Ontario doctors calls for new indoor dining, gym restrictions due to spike in COVID-19 cases

Smaller turkeys, quieter gatherings: How coronavirus is changing Canada’s Thanksgiving

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Ontario government rolls out plan to reduce massive surgery backlog

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Ontario announces $70M flu shot campaign as part 1 of fall COVID-19 plan

Data, Privacy and AI

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Notorious R.B.G

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Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in US Capitol

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What’s happening in Toronto, Sept. 25-27, 2020

Health Law Update


No new bills of interest.


No new and approved regulations of interest.

Government News

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Articles of Interest


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Notorious R.B.G

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