The Education Act as amended by The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 - Supporting Regulations: Professional Activity Day Transparency
The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 (the Act) received Royal Assent on June 8, 2023 and amends the Education Act and other key acts governing the education sector. A key element of the Act is to provide greater transparency for parents and families. To support this intent, the Ministry of Education is consulting on regulatory amendments to require school boards to enhance existing public reporting on Professional Activity (PA) days by providing more detail on PA Day topics, content, organizer/facilitator, activities and format in a manner prescribed by the Minister, in addition to clarifying administrative requirements of school boards.
Coroners Act Amendment to Amend Regulation-Making Authority Regarding Collection, Retention and Disposal of Tissue Samples
The Ministry of the Solicitor General proposes an amendment to the Coroners Act, which is the legislation that establishes the framework for conducting death investigations in Ontario. The proposed amendment would enable the creation of regulations that would govern the collection, retention, storage and disposal of tissue samples from a body that is subject to a post mortem examination or other exams or analyses as part of a coroner's investigation under that Act, and which may provide for the collection, retention, storage and disposal of such samples for the purpose of enabling genetic analysis.
A Proposal to add Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan Virus to Ontario Regulation 569 (Reports)
The Ministry of Health is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 135/18 ("Designation of Diseases") under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) to designate anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus as diseases of public health significance. The Ministry also proposes to make a corresponding amendment to Ontario Regulation 569 ("Reports") under the HPPA to specify reporting requirements for these diseases to Medical Officers of Health.
Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 275/94 (General) made under the Nursing Act, 1991, to authorize registered practical nurses (RPNs) to initiate certain procedures independently, without the need for an order.
The College of Nurses of Ontario is proposing regulatory amendments to expand the scope of practice for RPNs including:
Irrigation, probing, debriding, and packing of a wound below the dermis or below a mucous membrane, venipuncture to start intravenous access using a solution of normal saline, when an individual requires medical attention & delay is likely to be harmful, and certain procedures for the purpose of assessing and/or assisting an individual with health management activities:- putting an instrument, hand, or finger beyond the individual's labia majora - putting an instrument or finger into an artificial opening into the individual's body
Rabies testing and vaccination requirements in the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
Regulation 557 establishes the responsibility for rabies cases. There exists no authority for Medical Officers of Health to order testing of deceased animals under observation, unless there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an animal is rabid. Without testing to rule out rabies, bite victims may have to undergo a publicly-funded rabies vaccination as part of the post-exposure protocol.
Regulation 567 defines conditions for the administration of the rabies vaccine in certain animals. This regulation allows for vaccination by licenced veterinarians within Ontario, animals vaccinated in other provinces, territories, or countries must be revaccinated to meet the regulation.
Establishing a flexible approach to setting the prescribed electronic format to enable electronic access to personal health information
The Ministry of Health is posting a notice of a proposed regulation under PHIPA. The public is invited to provide comments between September 24, 2022 and November 22, 2022.
Under the proposed regulation, if patients make an access request for their personal health information in electronic format, Health Information Custodians would be required to provide such access in either (i) an electronic format specified by Ontario Health (OH), subject to prior Minister approval, and posted on OH's website, or (ii) another electronic format that is agreed to by the health information custodian (HIC) and the individual.