Legislation & Regulations

Care Watch regularly analyzes legislation related to older adults. You can find our analyses on various topics in the Home & Community Care section.

For your reference, some key pieces of legislation affecting home and community care are listed below.

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Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

Also known as Bill 175, this is an omnibus bill that restructures home and community care by amending or repealing multiple other acts, including Connecting Care Act, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act, Local Health System Integration Act, and Home Care and Community Services Act.

See also Modernizing the Legislative Framework for Home and Community Care, the Ministry of Health’s summary of proposed home and community care regulations.

Connecting Care Act, 2019

Establishes Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams, and provisions for funding and accountability; system planning and management; enforcement and penalties; and complaints and appeals.

Excellent Care for All Act, 2010

Establishes responsibility of health care organizations, including patient relations processes and values; quality improvement, the Patient Ombudsman’s authority, and medical assistance in dying (MAID) provisions.

Canada Health Act, 1985

The Canada Health Act (CHA) is Canada’s federal legislation for publicly funded health care insurance. The CHA sets out the primary objective of Canadian health care policy, which is “to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.Additional information about the CHA, including annual reports, infographics, and related resources is available here.