July 20, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.


Bill 3, Compassionate Care Act, 2017


This Bill was reintroduced to establish a provincial framework to support improved access to hospice palliative care. This Bill enacts the Compassionate Care Act, 2017, which requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop the provincial framework. The Act requires the Minister to set out the provincial framework one year after the Bill comes into force, and within 5 years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state of hospice palliative care, which should be published on a Government of Ontario website.

Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP (Niagara West), Government, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 18, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-3


Approved Regulations


The following regulations all came into effect on July 1, 2018.


  1.            Amendments to O.REG 79/10 under the LTCHA, 2007

The following amendments were approved and filed:

  • Introduction of administrative monetary penalties and re-inspection fee
  • Technical amendments related to the posting of a Director’s contact information and declaration of cannabis-related offences under applicable federal law by long-term care staff and volunteers



  1.            Regulation 552: General, Health Insurance Act

Regulation 552 is amended to make it clear that an insured person receiving in-patient services at a private hospital is entitled to receive accommodation and meals at the standard or public ward level at no extra charge.



  1.            Regulation 38/18 – Improvements to the Ministry of Transportation’s Medical Reporting Program

 Regulation 38/18 amended the mandatory reporting requirements to provide clear direction to the medical community on what types of conditions of patients, 16 years of age or older, must be reported to the Ministry of Transportation.



  1.            Regulation 268/18 made under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

 This regulation responds to the changing landscape related to tobacco, vapour products and medical cannabis.



Articles of Interest



Toronto Board of Health votes to lobby Ottawa to decriminalize all drugs



Disability benefit recipients denied medical marijuana coverage



Ottawa Hospital fires employee after privacy breach involving 30 patients

Thousands of patient records held for ransom in Ontario home care data breach, attackers claim


Health Care

Gene tests can provide health clues – and needless worry

Striking staff to demand Ontario improve wages for private health care workers

Ottawa clinic warns 4,600 patients of hepatitis, HIV risk over unclean equipment

Busting the myth of bloated health care bureaucracy

Premier Doug Ford promises sex-ed curriculum consultations will be largest in Ontario history


Wettlaufer Inquiry

Ontario’s chief coroner testifies at Wettlaufer inquiry


Professional Misconduct

Sudbury doctor accused of sexual abuse to face disciplinary committee

Lawyer who claimed he was voted ‘No. 1 in Client Satisfaction’ hit with misconduct finding

Changes to doctor misconduct records still weeks away


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