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


No Bills of interest.


Status of Previously Reported Bills


Bill Status
1.     Bill 160 – Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 Ordered referred to Standing Committee (General Government) on October 26, 2017
2.      Bill 161 – Nick’s Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017 Ordered referred to Standing Committee (Social Policy) on October 5, 2017


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


Royal Assent received on October 25, 2017
4.      Bill 164, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017


Ordered referred to Standing Committee (Regulations and Private Bills) on October 26, 2017


Proposed Regulations

Health Protection and Promotion Act Regulations would be amended to modernize and ensure public health programs and services remain current to protect the health of Ontarians. There are proposed amendments to 11 regulations under HPPA:

  • REG 199/03 – Control of West Nile Virus
  • REG 318/08 – Transitional – Small Drinking Water Systems
  • REG 428/05 – Public Spas
  • REG 565 – Public pools
  • REG 554 – Camps in Unorganized Territory
  • REG 557 – Communicable Diseases – General
  • REG 562 – Food Premises
  • REG 566 – Qualifications of Boards of Health Staff
  • REG 567 – Rabies Immunization
  • REG 568 – Recreational Camps
  • REG 569 – Reports


Comments Due: November 8, 2017


 Articles of Interest


Opioid Crisis

Rising hospitalizations due to opioid crisis puts burden on health system

Opioid addiction and the most controversial bathroom in New York



Toronto Parent angered by flyer promoting weed delivery service

McMaster University Campus is going 100% smoke free here are 5 things to know



Doctors are under attack group says medical offices are regularly hit by ransomware


Physician Professional Misconduct

Georgetown family doctor admits showing patients naked selfies was completely inappropriate

Fake neurosurgeon ordered to pay $300 000 for botched treatment, but allowed to pose as doctor for years


Health Care

Hospital getting more beds, more funding

Toronto HIV-AIDS hospital doubles it capacity, launches new awareness campaign

Real patients star in Sick Kids’ campaign video


Long Term Care & Seniors

My Mother was let down: the failings behind the unexplained death of Violet Lucas



Skipping breakfast might be healthier than eating sugary foods in the morning

Palm lane Yorkville – New Fast Casual Salad Bar from Chase Hospitality Group

Best new restaurants and bars in Toronto East