Introduction:

On November 30, 2009, the Ontario government passed Bill 179, the Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act. The purpose of the Bill, as set out by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, is to increase access to health care by broadening the scope of practice of various health care practitioners. Effectively, the changes will allow practitioners to provide a broader range of services than those currently permitted.

The Bill amends numerous statutes regulating the various health care professions. Parts of the Act were proclaimed on December 15, 2009 and are therefore in force. However, many provisions have yet to be proclaimed, and/or rely on the enactment of new regulations in order to have full force and effect. Because the proclamation process is within the discretion of government, we are unable to predict when these provisions will come into force. Nevertheless, given the impact this Bill could have on health care organizations, the following summary provides an overview of the changes to legislation that will affect the scope of practice of health care practitioners.

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Conclusion:

We will be monitoring the status of the Act and will provide updates as the remaining provisions come into force and corresponding regulations are enacted.