Legislation

Personal Health Information and Protection Act, 2004

Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)

The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 PHIPA sets out rules to protect a patient's personal health record across the health system. "Health information custodians" healthcare providers and organizations in the healthcare sector must follow these rules when collecting, using or sharing a patient's personal health information. PHIPA also gives patients the right to see their health records and correct any mistakes. The legislation also has rules for non health information custodians such as insurance companies and employers, that receive personal health information from a health information custodian.

Public Resources

Public Notice: Clarifying eHealth Ontario’s Authority as a Health Information Network
Provider to create Electronic Health Records

2011 Notice of Proposed Regulations

2009 Notice of Proposed Regulations

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Statement of Information Practices

Public Notice : Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Health Information by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

PHIPA rules for Rights Advice under Mental Health Act

Legislation :  Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004

Brochure – Your Health Information : Your Rights
Your Guide to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004

Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 : Overview for Health Information Custodians

Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 : Checklist for Health Information Custodians

Questions and Answers

Compendium : Health Information Protection Act, 2004

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario website

See also : Professional Resources

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free)
In Toronto, (416) 314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm