May 3, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



Bill 102, Closing Oversight Loopholes for Home Care Clinics Act, 2019


Introduced by Peggy Sattler (MPP – London West), NDP, the Bill was ordered to be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on May 2, 2019.


This Bill amends the following:

  • Health Protection and Promotion Act
    • New section is added requiring home care clinics to establish a process for reviewing complaint and requiring the operator of a home care clinic to notify the medical officer of health if a complaint is made.
    • New requirement that a person who intends to commence to operate a home care clinic to give notice to the medical officer of health.
  • Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994
    • Rights of persons receiving community services at a home care clinic is updated.
    • New requirement that operator of a home care clinic to provide address of the clinic to the medical officer of health, and to ensure certain information is posted in the clinic in a conspicuous and easily accessible location.
    • A new section added to give medical officers of health the right and responsibility to inspect home care clinics.
  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act
    • Subsection 6(1) is amended by adding the duty to oversee and inspect home care clinics to the duties of the Minister of Health and Long Term Care.

More Information: Bill 102


Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019


This Bill is before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

More Information: Bill 100


Proposed and Approved Regulations


No new and approved regulations of interest.


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