Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 79/10 under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.
Bill or Act:
Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Summary of Proposal:
The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) and Ontario Regulation 79/10 (Regulation) are the main legislative authority for safeguarding resident rights, improving the quality of care, and improving the accountability of long-term care homes for the treatment, care, and well-being of over 78,000 residents.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing a number of amendments to the Regulation. Firstly, to allow the Director under the LTCHA to designate reunification priority access beds for persons in crisis seeking to be reunified in a long-term care home with their spouses/partners. Separate waiting lists would be kept for these beds. Requirements to be placed on the waiting lists and priority for admission to these beds would be set out.
Secondly, the Minister or Director under the LTCHA would be required to disclose personal information about an individual to a health regulatory college and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, where the Minister or Director is of the opinion that it is advisable to do so.
Thirdly, the Director under the LTCHA would be able to designate specialized units on his or her own initiative.
Fourthly, the Ministry would be permitted to serve a document by using a commercial courier.
The Ministry is proposing that the proposed amendments, if approved, would come into effect on January 1, 2018.
Descriptions of the proposed amendments are available in English and French. These materials are available for download below.
For additional details about the proposed amendments relating to Reunification Priority Access Beds and the disclosure of personal information, please see the link below for the Notice of Proposed Initial Draft Regulations.
Should you wish to forward supporting materials as attachment to your comments to the Regulatory Registry, you may send to the following email address: Reg79.10_Posting_Comments@ontario.ca
September 11, 2017
Comments Due Date:
October 26, 2017
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care Homes Division
1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1