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Amendments to O. Reg. 329/04 Regarding Notices to the Commissioner

Closing date: May 8, 2017 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (“ministry”) is proposing amendments to the General Regulation (Ontario Regulation 329/04) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) to clarify requirements for health information custodian reporting of thefts, losses and unauthorized uses or disclosures of personal health information to the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Moving forward with the proposed amendments allows the ministry to continue to demonstrate progress on the implementation of changes proposed in the Health Information Protection Act (Bill 78), that were passed in May 2016.

If approved, Ontario Regulation 329/04 would be amended to require that health information custodians:

•          Report annually to the Information and Privacy Commissioner on the number of times the custodian had to notify affected individuals, of thefts, losses and unauthorized uses or disclosures of personal health information in a calendar year in accordance with subsection 12(2) of PHIPA, and

•          Notify the Information and Privacy Commissioner of privacy breaches that meet the prescribed requirements set out in the proposed regulation, in accordance with subsection 12(3) of PHIPA.


The proposed amendments have been posted to the Regulatory Registry website starting March 10, 2017 and will be available for 60 days, until May 8, 2017.  The posting can be accessed at:


Community Hubs

Deadline: N/A

In March 2015, the Premier of Ontario appointed Karen Pitre as Special Advisor on Community Hubs and members to the Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group.


The Special Advisor and the Advisory Group reviewed provincial policies and has developed a framework for adapting existing public assets to become community hubs. More information can be found on the new community hubs website:


If you have an interest in providing input and feedback to help guide the Special Advisor and Advisory Group’s work, please:


1.    Provide a written submission by e-mail to; and/or

2.    Answer questions using the online consultation form on the new website, located at The form includes space for any additional feedback.