The Health Protection and Promotion Amendment Act, 2010
Ontario is taking action to strengthen and better coordinate the province’s response to future public health emergencies or events, like a pandemic.
The Ontario government has introduced legislation, the Health Protection and Promotion Amendment Act, 2010 that, if passed, would create new authority for the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) to direct boards of health and medical officers of health to adopt policies or measures in cases of a pandemic, public health event and/or emergency with health impacts. These directives would be made in situations where the CMOH believes that such measures would protect the people of Ontario and are necessary to support a coordinated response to the event.
The legislation would also expand the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s authority to use publicly owned spaces, on the advice of the CMOH, for public health purposes, such as holding immunization clinics.
The legislation would further provide that a board of health may not appoint an acting medical officer of health for longer than six months without the approval of the CMOH and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.