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COVID-19 Update

December 17, 2020

For the purpose of enabling greater disclosure of Personal Health Information (PHI) to the Minister of Health in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, an amendment was made to Ontario Regulation 329/04 under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (the “PHIPA Regulation”).

Under the amendment to the PHIPA Regulation, the Minister of Health can request from ICES the disclosure of Personal Health Information, if the disclosure is determined to be necessary for the purposes of: 

  • researching, analyzing, investigating, preventing, responding to or alleviating COVID-19 or its effects; or
  • evaluating or monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the management of, allocation of resources to, or the planning for all or part of the health system.

The amendment further states that ICES shall disclose Personal Health Information pursuant to any such request from the Minister, unless the disclosure is prohibited by law or the terms of an agreement to which ICES is a party. The PHIPA Regulation is set to be revoked on July 30, 2022.

With the goal of exemplifying commitment to its values of collaboration, transparency and trusted data stewardship, ICES ensures that details of any Personal Health Information disclosed to the Minister are posted publicly on its website. Below are the details of Personal Health Information that ICES has disclosed to the Minister pursuant to a request.

Also, ICES continues to abide by its contractual obligations to data partners and will ensure that no disclosure of Personal Health Information is provided to the Minister if such disclosure is prohibited by a term in a data sharing agreement. 

A Memorandum of Understanding between ICES and the Ministry of Health provides further information about each parties’ respective commitments.

Details of Personal Health Information Requested by the Minister

No requests at this time.