December 21, 2017: 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 Regulations

1.  Ontario Regulation 386/99 – Provision of Community Services


The Ministry is proposing to amend the current service maximums set out under O.REG 386/99 by:

  • Increasing current service maximums for homemaking and personal support services
  • Permitting LHINS to exceed service maximum when the LHIN determines there are extraordinary circumstances that justify providing additional homemaking and personal support services and nursing for clients with complex needs
  • Defining complex needs

Comments Due: January 30, 2018

For more information:  Proposed Regulatory Amendment to Ontario Regulation


2.  Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying Regulations

The proposed regulations were released on Dec 16, 2017 in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The proposed regulations would:

  • Support public accountability and transparency in relation to MAID;
  • Support the protection of vulnerable individuals by monitoring the application of the eligibility criteria and safeguards required by the legislation;
  • Identify and monitor trends in request for, and the provision of, MAID;
  • Help determine whether the legislation is meeting its objectives; and
  • Make data available to qualified researchers for the purpose of enabling independent analysis and research.

Comments Due:  Feb 14, 2018 (60 days from when the this notice was published)

For proposed regulatory text and more information:


Health Newsroom

Ontario opening 26 new long-term care beds in Hanover

Ontario opening new hospice for homeless in Toronto

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

Investments in Rapid Access Clinics for Muscle and Bone Disorder Assessment


Articles of Interest


Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying



Health Canada nearly doubles number of marijuana production licenses in second half of 2017


Pharmaceutical Industry

Thousands expected at funeral of Barry and Honey Sherman Thursday

How Barry Sherman built his multibillion-dollar fortune


Holiday Season

Pearson airport expected to see more than 130,000 travelers today, GTAA says

Downtown Toronto’s best holiday window displays, ranked

A skeptic’s guide to self-care

Reviewing 2017 like a movie: Unrealistic plots, cartoonish characters

Here’s how to get $25 from Loblaws after it admitted to fixing bread pries


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