College of Chiropodists of Ontario
O. Reg. 203/94
Bill or Act:
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 23 health regulatory colleges governing 25 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.
Under the RHPA and the Chiropody Act, 1991, the College of Chiropodists of Ontario is responsible for governing the profession of chiropodists and podiatrists in Ontario. Under these Acts, the College of Chiropodists of Ontario has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including whether a chiropodist or a podiatrist may have his/her spouse as a patient. All College regulations are subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Recently, the Ontario Legislature passed legislation that allows each health regulatory college to determine for their respective professions whether it would be permissible to have a patient who is also the member's spouse and to make a regulation permitting a member to have his or her spouse as a patient ("spousal patient").
The proposed regulation was originally circulated to members and stakeholders for feedback April 10, 2014. The proposed regulation would permit a chiropodist or a podiatrist to have his/her spouse as a patient by providing for a "spousal patient" exception to the definition of "sexual abuse" under the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is a Schedule to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).
July 22, 2014
Comments Due Date:
September 4, 2014
Contact: Felecia Smith, LL.B, CEO & Registrar
Phone: 416-542-1333 Ext. 225
Address: 180 Dundas St. West, Suite 2102, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8