August 3, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



Bill 8, Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018

This Bill enacts the Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018. The Act requires major health sector organizations that receive at least $1 million in public funds from the MOHLTC to comply with Part II.1 (Compensation Arrangements) of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 and the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The same requirements would apply respect to publicly-funded suppliers that receives directly or indirectly at least $1 million in public fund in a year from major health care sector organizations.

Introduced by Frances Gelinas, MPP (Nickel Belt) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

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Bill 13, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018

This Act amendments the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 to provide residences with at least 4 hours of day of nursing and personal support services, averaged across the residents. The minimum hour will be increased by regulations.

Introduced by Teresa J. Armstrong, MPP (London-Fanshawe) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

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Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018

This Bill enacts and amends various Acts, including the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, 2018 (Schedule 2 of the Bill), providing for the termination of the White Pines Wind Project with compensation of the wind down payable subject to various limitations and contingencies (see section 6 of the Act). The Act extinguishes any existing proceedings, and prevents future proceedings against the Crown and other named entities. It requires White Pines Wind Incorporated to decommission the project in accordance with regulations made under the Act or under the Environmental Protection Act.

Introduced by Greg Rickford, MPP (Kenora-Rainy River), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Minister of Energy, Northern Developments and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. The Bill received Royal Assent on July 25, 2018.

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Approved Regulations


Alignment of ODB Program Days Supply for Ontario Works Recipients 25 years of age and older

This amendment allows Ontario Work (“OW”) recipients 25 years of age and older to maximize the benefit from receiving greater quantities of certain Ontario Drug Benefit-funded drugs per pharmacy visit, which is more convenient and reduces the number of their co-payments.

It will also ensure that pharmacy claim payment submitted in respect of OW recipients are subject to 5-dispensing-fees-per-year rule for certain chronic medication to reflect the 100 maximum day supply for OW recipients.

Effective Date: August 1, 2018

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Articles of Interest



Chronically ill man releases audio of hospital staff offering assisted death



Is Ontario planning a mix of public and private retail cannabis stores?

Brock professor says private pot shops have their advantages


Health Care

Health Canada issues medical device license for ivWatch

EpiPen shortage may drag into the next year: Health Canada



Pharmacist ‘snooped’ on dozens of patients, NS privacy commissioner

NWT needs to improve protection of health data before another breach

When crossing the border, encryption is no guarantee, says new handbook


Wettlaufer Inquiry

Nursing home inspections branch understaffed, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

Serial killer nurse gave police the first name of murder victims, Wettlaufer inquiry hears


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