March 23, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.




Bill 14 – Personal Information Protection Act, 2018

Introduced by Harinder S. Takhar, MPP (Mississauga – Erindale), Government, the Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on March 22, 2018.

This Bill enacts the Personal Information Protection Act, 2018 (“PIPA”):

  • The Act would apply to every “organization”, which is defined as including persons, unincorporated associations, a trade union, a trust or a not-for-profit organization, but does not include individuals, public bodies and Ontario courts.
  • The Act also does not apply to Personal Information that is already subject to certain information protection statutes such as:
    • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
    • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
    • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Act;  and
    • Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.
  • Personal Information” means information about an identifiable person and includes employee personal information, but does not include contact information or work product information.


This Bill sets out general rules for the protection of Personal Information by organizations such as consent, collection, use, disclosure, access to, and correction of Personal Information. The Information and Privacy Commissioner would be responsible for monitoring the Act and ensuring that its purposes are achieved.

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Bill 18 – Careers in Medicine Advisory Committee Act, 2018

Introduced by Gil Martow (MPP, Thornhill), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on March 22, 2018.

This Bill enacts the Career in Medicine Advisory Committee Act, 2018 requiring the MOHLTC to establish an advisory committee to consult with organizations and persons to develop recommendations for ensuring graduates of Ontario medical schools are matched with residency programs, and to develop a Canadian-wide strategy to do so.


Proposed Regulations


No new proposed regulations


News Room

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Dr. Kevin Smith appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of UHN


Articles of Interest



Health Canada proposes strict limits on marijuana packaging, production

Treat marijuana like any other farm crop, group tells city

Sorry, you might not be allowed to smoke pot in your condo

Plain packaging proposed for legal marijuana



Patient details in the recycling? Hospitals should cut down on paper to protect privacy: study

Delete Facebook? Social media users weigh options amid data scandal



What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

Toronto group hopes to open home for patients seeking assisted death

Nurse practitioners not always compensated for providing MAID


Health Care

Wynne’s throne speech promises new spending on health care, home care and child care in Ontario

Health care experts hopes for long-term reform, ‘shift in philosophy’ for Ontario’s system

This Sudbury start-up will make medical house calls

Quebec town bans smoking on sidewalks and streets

CBC Toronto Interview with Health Minister Helena Jaczek


Mental Health

Ontario government pledges $2.1 billion to rebuild mental health system


Indigenous Mental Health

International experts talk Indigenous mental health approaches at Toronto symposium



Ontario government expands Pharmacare program to seniors



When is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to know about the Equinox

10 affordable ways to make spring break all about self-care


What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Best Toronto Restaurants 2018

Things to do in Toronto