January 19, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.





The Ontario Legislature has adjourned until February 20, 2018.


Proposed and Approved Regulations


  1. Proposed places of use regulations under the Cannabis Act, 2017
    • The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing the following:
      1. To prohibit medical cannabis users from using medical cannabis in any form while driving or having care or control of a vehicle or boat, whether or not it is in motion. Users would permitted to consume cannabis if they are a passenger, provided the cannabis is not smoked or vaped.
      2. To ensure medical cannabis users are able to access the medical cannabis, users are to be exempt from the prohibition on transporting cannabis in certain circumstances
      3. To permit the use of recreational cannabis in the following places: hotel, motel and inn rooms; motor vehicles and boats that are used as private residences; and private residences that also act as a workplace, subject to some conditions
      4. To prescribe for greater certainty, places where recreational cannabis cannot be used without limiting the generality of the places of use rules and to ensure alignment with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017
  • The Ministry is considering various approaches to provide more options for where people can consume cannabis without significantly increasing exposure to secondhand smoke and vapour such as regulated and licensed cannabis consumption lounges and venues.
  • Comments Due: March 5, 2018
  • More Information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26449&language=en


  1. Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, Schedule 4, Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act
    • To supplement the legislative amendments in Schedule 4 of the Act related to reducing impaired driving, distracted driving and enhancing vulnerable road user safety, the Ministry of Transportation is soliciting public comment on complementary regulatory amendments.
    • Comments Due: March 4, 2018
    • More Information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26470&language=en


  1. Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Regulation


  1. Proposed Regulations Relating to Cannabis Retail and Distribution


Health Newsroom

Ontario Improving Access to Health Care for Children in Sudbury

  • Ontario is supporting Health Sciences North to plan an expansion of the children’s health centre in Sudbury


Articles of Interest


Canada needs to clear the air – and wipe away criminal records for marijuana

Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Tilray Canada

Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that will sell pot in Ontario


Mental Health

Ontario to stop placing inmates with mental health disabilities in solitary confinement


Health Care

Toronto doctor urges review of morning sickness drug Diclectin

Morning sickness drug Diclectin doesn’t work, confidential industry documents reviewed by doctor show

Opinion: Tim Hortons’ response undermines health



Terminally ill man to challenge U.K. laws on assisted death



Too good to be true? Experts clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain

The importance of taking a break


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