Under the Regulatory Bodies / Professional Associations section on our healthcare profiles you will find links that direct you to the appropriate Regulatory College and Professional Association websites of the health professional profile you are viewing.
It is a set of rules established by the Government to protect the public from harm and to make sure that they get the highest possible standard of services. In other words, a regulation provides boundaries.
For many professions in Canada, these regulations (rules) are enforced by regulatory bodies or Colleges.
A Regulatory College provides protection for the Public
In short, they exist to protect the public.
Rules and regulations make sure you are treated in a fair manner and that you are protected from risk of harm. This is done through their “code of ethics” and “standards of practice”.
Why is it important for you to see a regulated healthcare professional?
Because every Ontarian has rights regarding his/her healthcare.
Every College has a standard procedure for filing a complaint. This makes sure that all parties have access to the same complete information.
Usually on the homepage of the College, you will find a tab with the word “Public” on it or a tab entitled “Filing a Complaint”. Under these tabs you will see how to “File a Complaint”.
A complaint must be received by the Registrar in writing, recorded on audio tape or on video, or other medium. The complaint should include the name of the Health Practitioner, as well as the time, place, date(s) and details of the event(s).
There are 26 Regulatory Colleges in Ontario – Visit the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO) website for more details. Click here
In Ontario, Regulated Health Professionals are governed under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. S.O. 1991, CHAPTER 18 and the Protecting Patients Act, 2017 (Bill 87)
Administration of Act:
The Minister is responsible for the administration of this Act. 1991, c. 18, s. 2. “Minister” means the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; (“ministre”)
Duty of Minister:
It is the duty of the Minister to ensure that the health professions are regulated and co-ordinated in the public interest, that appropriate standards of practice are developed and maintained and that individuals have access to services provided by the health professions of their choice and that they are treated with sensitivity and respect in their dealings with health professionals, the Colleges and the Board. 1991, c. 18, s. 3.
Protecting Patients Act, 2017 (Bill 87)
This Act introduced major changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. It’s an important piece of legislation that strengthens the protection of and response to patient sexual abuse by health professionals.
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What is a Professional Association? – A Voice for their Members
What is a Public Register? – Protection & Accountability
Public Protection – Safe & Effective Health Care
Quality Assurance – A Marker for Safety & Quality
Transparency – Commitment to Openness
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