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


Bill 161, Nick’s Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017

Introduced by Lisa MacLeod, MPP – Nepean-Carleton, Opposition, the Bill is currently ordered to be referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

This Bill enacts the Nick’s Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017. If passed, this Bill will require the Ontario government to allocate at  least 10% of the Bulk Media Buy Program towards marketing campaign to raise awareness regarding the risk of prescription opioid abuse and fentanyl abuse.


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Bill 163, Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017

Introduced by Hon. Yasi Naqvi, Attorney General, the Bill was carried on First Reading on October 4, 2017.

This Bill enacts the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017  and amends the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in relation to abortion services.

The purpose of the Act is to protect access to abortion services. It defines multiple terms, including clinic, facility, and protected service providers who provide abortion services. The Act sets out the prohibitions of certain activities and establishes access zones for clinics, prescribed facilities and residences of protected service providers who provide abortion services. For example, section 3 prohibits certain activities in access zones for clinics or facilities, which includes advising a person to refrain from accessing abortion services, informing a person concerning issues related to abortion services, performing certain acts of disapproval, certain persistent requests and actions for the purpose of dissuading a person from accessing abortion services or a protected service provider from providing the service. The Act would also prohibits such activities in access zones for the residences of protected service provider.  Section 5 prohibits certain activities done for the purpose of dissuading protected service providers from providing abortion services in any area.

The Act also sets out offences and enforcement provisions. Individuals may not be convicted of an offence of contravening a prohibition in an access zone unless the person knew, or was given notice of, the location of the access zone.  Individuals may also seek right to damages for losses resulting from contraventions and the right to injunctions. The Act also provides for the powers of arrest without a warrant.

FIPPA is amended to remove an existing restriction on the application of the Act to records relating to the provision of abortion services and replaces it with a narrower restriction. A new subsection confirms that the Act continues to apply to statistical or other information relating to the provision of abortion services that is not referred to in the Act.

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Bill 164, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017

Introduced by Nathalie Des Rosiers,  MPP (Ottawa-Vanier), Government, the Bill was carried on First Reading on October 4, 2017.

 This Bill amends the Human Rights Code to include immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records and social conditions as prohibited grounds of discrimination. Amendments to various provisions of the Act are made including the right to equal treatment without discrimination due to genetic characteristics because of a person refusal to undergo a genetic test or refusal to disclose the results of a genetic test.

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Ontario Regulation 202/94 – Pharmacy Act, 1991

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (“OCP”) is currently seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to O.REG 202/94. These amendments include implementing an Intern Pharmacist and Intern Pharmacy Technician class of registration, integrating Pharmacy Technicians into 2 part register for distinguishing members who provide patient care; incorporating pharmacy technicians into quality assurance regulations; eliminating unnecessary steps in registration and shifting from hourly reporting of practice to a self-declaration of competency in conjunction with practice assessments

Comments are due: November 20, 2017.

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Articles of Interest

Opioid Crisis

Ontario forms opioid emergency task force to address ongoing crisis

Taking Action to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose


Abortion Clinics and New Legislation

Ontario to create ‘safe access zones’ around abortion clinics with new legislation


Health Care

Ontario family warns others: Their regular dental visit resulted in HIV tests

New figures show hospital overcrowding will have ‘drastic impact’ on care, Ontario NDP says

Three Ontario nursing homes ordered to stop new admissions because of substandard care

Public invited to provide feedback about hospital performance


Mental Health

Ontario health minister won’t join call for inquest into Hamilton hospital suicides