The Health Unit is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal health information, as per the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), 2004.
Collection, use and disclosure of personal health information
Each time you visit a health care provider, have a medical test done or receive care in your home, at a health unit, or in any other health care setting, information about your health is recorded in a personal health record (Information and Privacy Commissioner Ontario, 2004).
PHIPA sets out rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information. Personal health information is frequently shared for a variety of purposes including care and treatment, health research and to manage our publicly funded health care system.
Protection of personal health information
The Health Unit is committed to ensuring that your personal health information is not lost, stolen, or used by anyone that should not have access to it. We will also ensure that it is kept private and stored and/or disposed of, in a secure way.
We will ensure that everyone who performs services for us protects your privacy and only uses your personal health information in the way you have agreed it can be used.
Requests for personal health records
You may request access to and/or correct personal health records (PDF, 79 kb), or withdraw consent for some of the ways the Health Unit uses your information, subject to legal exceptions.
For more information and how to contact us
For more information about our privacy practices, call the Privacy Officer at 705.522.9200.
You have the right to make a complaint to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario if you are concerned with how we have handled your Personal Health Information. The Commissioner can be reached at:
The Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto ON M4W 1A8
This item was last modified on September 28, 2016