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alPHa Resolutions - Infectious Disease Control
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alPHa Position

Preventable Infectious diseases place a significant burden on the health care system,and there are many interventions available to reduce their incidence, including public education, immunizations, and prevention, detectionand control measures. Strong public policies to support the prevention and control of infectious diseases are the foundations of public health and a vital cornerstone of a strong health care system.


Resolution A16 - 4 - Enactment of Legislation to Enforce Infection Prevention and Control Practices Within Invasive Personal Service Settings (PSS) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies strongly recommends and urgently requests the Government of Ontario to enact legislation implementing infection prevention and control requirements for invasive personal service settings under the Health Protection and Promotion Act with a suitable enforcement program such as short-form wording under the Provincial Offences Act to allow for the enforcement of non-compliance with the legislation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act; AND FURTHER that an appropriate inspection frequency of invasive personal services settings be determined and included in the Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Services Settings Protocol, 2015 (or as current) under the Ontario Public Health Standards; AND FURTHER that the province be asked to provide the necessary funding to accomplish these goals;


Developments on A16-4:

May 1 2018

Regulation-making authority has been added to the HPPA to regulate personal services settings (e.g. barbering, hairdressing, body piercing and nail services). A prohibition on eye tattooing has also been passed.  

January 24 2018

alPHa has submitted the July 21 letter and resolution through the regulatory registry as part of the consultation on the proposed amendments outlined below. 

December 12 2017

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has posted a a summary of proposed amendments to regulations under the HPPA related to the HPPA amendments that were introduced as part of Schedule 3 of Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act. It includes details of a proposal to develop a new regulation related to personal services settings (e.g. tattoo parlors, nail salons, barber shops, etc.).

July 21 2016

alPHa has transmitted a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this resolution.


Resolution: #A01-13, Tuberculosis Control Among New Immigrants to Canada
alPHa urges the Government of Canada to develop and implement, as soon as possible, an effective and efficient process that ensures that all "Medical Surveillance Undertakings” are brought to the attention of local medical officers of health in a timely and complete manner for expeditious action; To ensure that individuals placed on medical surveillance by Citizenship and Immigration Canada are given sufficient information at the time of signature about whom and how to contact the appropriate provincial/territorial health clinic and that the information be culturally sensitive; To ensure that individuals on medical surveillance are followed by CIC to verify that they have reported to appropriate provincial/territorial health clinics within 30 days as per the Medical Surveillance Undertaking form; and to ensure that sufficient health care resources are made available to allow all those on medical surveillance to be fully assessed by an experienced health care provider in tuberculosis management and, if necessary, treated in a timely manner


Developments on #A01-13:

July 10, 2002

Received a letter from Federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre summarizing present policies and indicating that a Medical Surveillance Unit was established by the Ministry in February of 2001. It was also indicated that Ontario now has a single-source TB contact to deal with TB surveillance issues.


Local Board Resolutions - Infectious Diseases

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
SMDHU - IPAC PDF (211.73 KB)  more ] Administration 2018-04-23
Elgin - St. Thomas - Personal Services Settings PDF (108.83 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-06-23
Niagara - Personal Services Settings PDF (335.67 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-06-23
GBHU - Personal Services Settings PDF (1.78 MB)  more ] Administration 2017-05-08
Algoma - Personal Service Settings PDF (479.83 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-04-11
WDGHU - Personal Services Settings PDF (486.47 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-02-16
PPH - Lyme Disease PDF (737.67 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-09-20
GBHU - Lyme Surveillance and Control PDF (358.66 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-08
GBHU - Regulation of Personal Services Settings PDF (533.79 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-03-29
PCCHU - Regulation of Personal Services Settings PDF (447.9 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-03-17
SDHU - Regulation of Personal Services Settings PDF (102.13 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-03-07
HKPR - Regulation of Personal Services Settings PDF (44.57 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-25
TPH - Infection Control - Personal Services (2015) PDF (79.41 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-07-07
TPH - Infection Control (Personal Services) PDF (88.92 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-02-14
CKHU - Funding For Needle Exchange PDF (106.47 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Durham - Infection Control Program Budgets PDF (90.31 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
GBHU - Ontario Rabies Control Program PDF (36.73 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
SMDHU - WNV Surveillance & Control PDF (39.25 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23