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Ministry of Health, Ontario: Bill 188 Schedule 6 PHIPA received Royal Assent on Wednesday March 25, 2020
TECHNATION recently raised questions with the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding Bill 188 Schedule 6 PHIPA, which received Royal Assent on Wednesday March 25, 2020 – specifically:

  • Were these PHIPA changes deemed critical to the current COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Are you contemplating to make further updates to the ACT while the pandemic responses are in progress?

Section 6 related to PHIPA Modernization included 15 amendments and new sections.

The Ministry answered accordingly:

The short answer is yes, after close consideration the PHIPA changes were deemed necessary to support the COVID response. The legislation necessitates regulations being in place in order for them to take effect, Ministry is interested in pursuing that where appropriate and needed. As for any other changes in principle COVID is the focus and anything that is done needs to clearly demonstrate relevance to that.

Read the full details on the specific amendments and additions to the PHIPA legislation, Bill 188 and the PHIPA updates. If you have further questions on this privacy related content, please contact Susan Anderson at

Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Healthcare Information Management & Communications Canada