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




Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (“CYFSA”).

CYFSA has not been proclaimed into force yet but it will replace and repeal the Child and Family Services Act. It was introduced as Schedule 1 of Bill 89, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017,  which received Royal Assent on June 1, 2017.  The Act is expected to come into force on January 1, 2018. Some of the key changes:

  • Raising the protection of children from 16 to 18 to increase protection for more vulnerable youth in unsafe living conditions
  • Strengthening focus on early intervention, helping prevent children and families from reaching crisis situations at home
  • Making services more culturally appropriate for all children and youth in the system, including indigenous and black children and youth to ensure they receive the best possible support
  • Improving oversight of services providers, including CASs, so that children and youth receive consistent, high quality services across Ontario
  • Ensuring better privacy protections for children and youth, which will give Ministry of Children and Youth Services and service providers powers to collect, use and disclose personal information (the privacy framework is modeled after PHIPA)

Bill: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=4479

CYFSA: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17c14


Status of Previously Reported 



Bill Status

Bill 154  – Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017


Royal Assent received on November 14, 2017


Bill 160 – Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017


It is under consideration before the Standing Committee (General Government) on November 16, 2017


Bill 174 – Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statue Law Amendment Act, 2017


Second reading on November 16, 2017



Proposed and Approved Regulations

No new and approved regulations of interest


Health-Related Newsroom

Ontario opening new hospice in Nipissing

  • Nov 13, 2017 – More patients and families in Northern Ontario to received compassionate palliative care closer to home

Ontario approves major hospital expansion for Peel Memorial Centre

  • Nov 9, 2017 – Province opening 37 more hospital beds for families in Brampton

Ontario improving access to care with new Niagara Falls Hospital

  • Oct 30, 2017 – Province bringing state-of-the-art facilities to patients and families

Ontario redeveloping and expanding Kingston Health Sciences Centre

  • Oct 30, 2017 – Upgrades will improve access to care for families across Southeastern Ontario

Ontario providing more beds for Ottawa seniors

  • Oct 27, 2017 – 2000 more bed and spaces available across the province


Articles of Interest

 Professional Misconduct

Experts divided over move to force patient to testify in doctor’s sex abuse case


Health Care

Pay-for-access online doctors move Nova Scotia into ‘dangerous territory,’ college warns

There is a prescription for poverty’s punishing impact on health in Ontario


Medical Marijuana

Shoppers Drug Mart posts job for medical marijuana brand manager

Weed, cannabis, pot or marijuana: what’s the difference?


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