Proposed Amendments to O.Reg. 107/96 (Controlled Acts)
O.REG 107/96 (Controlled Acts)
Bill or Act:
Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model established by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The RHPA establishes one consistent framework to govern 28 health professions under 26 health regulatory colleges. As a part of this framework, subsection 27(1) of the RHPA restricts certain activities to regulated health professionals as they are deemed to carry a significant risk of harm to the public.
The RHPA also gives the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the ability to make regulations exempting persons or activities from subsection 27(1) of the RHPA.
In order to facilitate proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy and establish a transition period for those currently performing psychotherapy the ministry is proposing amendments to O.Reg. 107/96 made under the RHPA.
The proposed amendments would allow for a period of time during which anyone may perform the controlled act of psychotherapy. The purpose of this exemption is to allow a transitional period for individuals who provide psychotherapy services to register with an appropriate regulatory College.
At the end of the transition period, individuals who have not registered with one of the relevant regulatory colleges will no longer be able to perform the controlled act in the course of providing health care services to an individual, unless it is done through legitimate delegation, or subject to certain exceptions set out in the RHPA.
An additional housekeeping amendment is being proposed to allow social work and social service work students to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy under supervision, in the course of fulfilling requirements to become members of the profession. A similar provision exists for regulated health professions in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
November 22, 2017
Comments Due Date:
December 3, 2017
Health System Labour Relations and Regulatory Policy Branch, Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Address: 56 Wellesley Street W., 12th Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2S3