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Citizens' Council

About the Council

The Council is an advisory body of 25 Ontarians, from all walks of life, that meet to discuss and provide their values and opinions that reflect the needs, culture and attitudes of Ontario citizens on the tough decisions that need to be made on drug policy in the province.

The Council’s advice helps the government to understand what the people value and consider important. These insights help shape decision making so the government can ensure the responsible delivery of the care to all Ontarians.

Why was the Citizens’ Council created?

The Citizens’ Council evolved out of the government’s plan to reform the drug system and its commitment to meaningfully engage the public on an on-going basis in health care policy making. The Council provides a mechanism for citizens to provide input into drug policies and priorities.

What does the Council discuss?

The Citizens’ Council will discuss topics related to Ontario’s publicly-funded prescription drug programs. The questions posed to the Council are often challenging and sometimes controversial. Topics discussed at recent meetings include:

How often will Council members meet?

The Council will meet up to two times a year for 2 to 3 days at a time. An orientation session was held in November, 2009, and the first Meeting took place in January 2010.

Learn more about what happens at a meeting and how you can be an observer.
Is the public allowed to attend a meeting?
Individuals who would like to attend the “open” portions of educational sessions as observers are required to apply and pre-register with prior to each Citizens’ Council meeting by contacting the ministry. Learn more >>
Do Council members need to know anything about Ontario’s drug programs or have any expertise in this field?

No. Council members are not expected to be knowledgeable in this field and will be briefed by experts on the topics to be discussed. Council members will bring their own values and opinions to the table.

Learn more about who’s on the Council >>
How is the Council’s advice used? Are the Citizens’ Council’s report made public?

The Council is required to prepare a report that speaks to the discussion and response to the questions and topic posed at each meeting.

Each report will be presented to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Executive Officer, and made publicly available so that Ontarians can learn about the views and values formed during the deliberative process. The Executive Officer will also provide feedback outlining how the advice will be used.

Read the reports.
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