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Ontario Improving Access to Mental Health Services. TORONTO —The Ontario government is investing over $34.6 million to support upgrades and the addition of new facilities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) so they can continue to provide high-quality care and better address the unique mental health needs of patients.

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Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and

Quick Facts. Ontario has updated regulations and guidance, and Questions and Answers for businesses to support the implementation of the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code and the Verify Ontario app.; The updated regulations exempt people who are currently participating in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that is authorized by Health Canada and specified in Ministry of Health guidance.

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TORONTO —The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this …

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New Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Certain

If a person has a red and white health card, they can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. The call centre agent can email you a copy of your receipt. If they don’t have an OHIP number at all, they should contact their local public health unit, …

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Content. TORONTO — The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment

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Ontario Taking Further Steps to Support Integrated …

<p>"Over the past year, we have seen more than ever how important it is for health service providers to work together as one integrated team to deliver high-quality care to patients all across our province," said Minister Elliott. "As we continue to move forward with these thoughtful, incremental changes to modernize home and community care, there will be no disruption to patient …

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TORONTO — Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced Ontario's first presumptive confirmed case of Wuhan novel coronavirus in Toronto. On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre admitted a patient brought in by paramedics who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms.

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She was released with follow up by the Middlesex-London Health Unit. This individual has had limited exposure to other individuals and has otherwise been in isolation since January 24, 2020, with regular contact by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to monitor her …

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Minister of Health and Long-Term Care " We’re delighted by the government’s investment that will make us a part of the centre of excellence for bariatric surgery in Hamilton. We look forward to having our outstanding bariatric program help more Ontarians receive this highly specialized surgery closer to home. " - Dr. Kevin P. D. Smith

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For the second year, the Ontario government is joining Earth Hour by turning out the lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday March 28 in most government buildings.

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"The health and well-being of Ontarians continues to be our government's number one priority," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "That's why we're working to guarantee that anyone who needs screening or care for COVID-19 will get it. In doing so, we can further help ensure we contain the spread of this virus."

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TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario: "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has adhered to public health measures and established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management that allowed us

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November 23, 2020. Health. Share. Content. TORONTO — Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, issued the following statement announcing that Dr. David Williams has agreed to remain Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, should the motion be passed: "I am very pleased to announce that in response to a request from

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News Release. Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety …

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Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications.; Find out what level and which public health and workplace safety measures are in place for your area.; From March 15 to 22, 2021, the Hamilton public health region’s case rate increased by 37.6 per cent, to 109.4 cases per 100,000 people.

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Ontario Announces 13 New Ontario Health

Ontario Health Teams will help maintain hospital capacity by coordinating programs that link hospitals, primary care, home and community care services, long-term care homes, congregate settings, and other services, as well as supporting virtual care, online appointment booking and patients' digital access to their health information.

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You Can Now Renew Your Ontario Health

Individuals can still choose to renew their health card in-person at nearly 300 ServiceOntario centres located across Ontario. Many are open on weekends and evenings and some allow you to skip the line by making an appointment. There is no fee to renew a health card either online or in-person. Modernizing the way we deliver services is part of

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Follow the restrictions and public health measures. X. Media Contacts. Find contact information to reach Ontario government spokespersons. Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Avi Yufest. Minister's Office. [email protected] Christa Roettele. Communications Branch. 519-826-3145. [email protected]

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March 16, 2020. TORONTO — Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement detailing enhanced public health measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19: "Following a number of significant announcements regarding travel and public health measures over the past 72 hours, and after further

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Ontario Taking Next Steps to Integrate Health Care System

"Ontario Health's goal is to ensure Ontarians receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them," said Bill Hatanaka, Ontario Health Board Chair. "On December 2, we bring the knowledge, skills and experience of this first wave of transferring organizations into Ontario Health and begin working with the five interim

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Using your Enhanced Vaccine Certificate: Frequently Asked

Individuals may voluntarily offer an Ontario health card (issued under the Health Insurance Act) for identification purposes, however a person or entity who is not a health information custodian must not record or copy the health card number.Individuals have a right to refuse to provide their health cards. It is an offence under PHIPA to require the production of a health card or health

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Toronto Public Health was notified and has been following up with the patient since. The Public Health Ontario Laboratory confirmed today (February 23) that the laboratory testing for COVID-19 is presumptive positive, with the sample now having been sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for confirmation.

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Ontario Announces Eight New Ontario Health Teams

Ontario Health Teams are part of a new approach to health care that brings together health care providers as one collaborative team. Working together, they ensure that patients experience easier transitions with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan that is shared between the health care providers.

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Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in

Details were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Director of the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana Chair of Public Health Policy at the University of Toronto.

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Ontario Calls on all Health Care

The new Health Workforce Matching Portal will enable health care providers with a range of experience to join the province's response to COVID-19. Those providers include retired or non-active health care professionals, internationally educated health care professionals, students, and volunteers with health care experience.

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Targeted COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening to Keep Students

The program will support access to voluntary, rapid asymptomatic screening for unvaccinated children and students. This will help identify and prevent transmission in schools and licensed child care settings, as identified by local medical officers of health based on local epidemiological circumstances.

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Ontario Health Teams will communicate with patients and families about the changes and improvements they can expect in their community. "With our new Ontario Health Teams, patients will benefit from better integrated health care, with a seamless experience when moving between different health care services, providers and settings," said Elliott.

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In Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health, and North Bay Parry Sound District, the Shutdown measures and the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until at least Monday, March 8, 2021, with final decisions to be based on key public health indicators and consultation with the local medical officers of health. All other public health

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Ontario Moves Public Health Unit Regions into COVID-19

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province intends to move Ontario's public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown …

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Today, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced a $250,000 investment to develop and deliver this new resource to help respond to the rising rates of mental health and addiction issues amongst seniors.

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Ontario’s Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility

Locations and timing for third doses may vary by public health unit based on local considerations, with some beginning as early as this week where opportunities exist. In addition, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, starting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the province is expanding eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19

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Expanded Eligibility for Third Doses of the COVID-19

September 14, 2021. TORONTO — In response to evolving data around the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health is expanding eligibility for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups that face the highest risk of serious illness from the virus.

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TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has amended orders O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and O. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, as the

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An Ontario Health Team will be responsible for delivering care for their patients, understanding their health care history, directly connecting them to the different types of care they need, and providing 24/7 help in navigating the health care system.

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Ontario Increasing Mental Health Supports for Indigenous

"Supporting the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples across Ontario is an ongoing priority for our government," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "These investments will help ensure Indigenous peoples, families and communities continue to have access to culturally appropriate and responsive mental health and addictions

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The Mississauga Ontario Health Team, known as Mississauga Health, will create a connected system of care from prenatal, birth to end-of-life care. The team will focus on improving the health of the people in the community, addressing physical, mental and emotional well-being, as well as simplifying navigation for patients, families and caregivers.

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New Burlington Ontario Health Team to Provide Better

The vision of the Burlington Ontario Health Team is to co-create a person-centred and family-centred delivery model that wraps health and social services around patients, families and caregivers. At the centre of the model is the relationship between the patient and family and primary care. Current barriers to the sharing of health information

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Ontario To Appoint New Chief Medical Officer of Health

He was the Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Board of Health from October 2011 to June 30, 2015. Dr. Williams has also held the position of Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Branch Director at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from 2005 to 2011.

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Deadlines for Renewing Your Driver and Vehicle Products

Ontario Health Cards. People must ensure they hold a non-expired Ontario photo health card by February 28, 2022. Accessible Parking Permit holders. All eligible accessible parking permits with expiry dates between March 17, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must be renewed before March 1, 2022.

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Using digital solutions as a key part of a digital-first health strategy, including developing tools like virtual visits, online access to health records and digital supports for integrated care. We are also developing health system metrics that align with key commitments, such as ending hallway health care, and a robust data and measurement

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Ontario Announces New Chief Medical Officer of Health

Since July 1, 2015, Dr. Williams has been Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health. He has worked in the field of public health since 1991 and has held various positions, including Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Board of Health, and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health and Infectious Disease at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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Education that Works for You

Mental health in grades 7 and 8 (new content for mandatory learning) Online safety in Grade 8 (in addition to existing learning in Grade 7) Sexual orientation in Grade 7 (in addition to existing learning in Grade 8) The revised HPE curriculum will reflect research, benchmarking with other jurisdictions, and the consultation data. The ministry

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Supporting Student Mental Health in Ontario

A curriculum that includes learning about mental health is a critical component of school-based mental health promotion and of a community-wide approach to mental wellness. There is strong evidence that developing social-emotional learning skills at school contributes to student well-being and successful academic performance.

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Middlesex-London Public Health Region Moving to Red

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving Middlesex-London Health Unit to the Red-Control level in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.The decision was made at the request of the local medical officer of health due to concerning trends in public health indicators in the region.

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Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

The government is continuing to support all of the dedicated health care providers and front-line workers who are focused on keeping Ontarians healthy and safe. We need to remember that we all have an obligation to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to …

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Ontario Expanding Support for Addictions Treatment

Quick Facts. Under Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario has announced an increase of $525 million in annualized funding for mental health and addictions support since 2019-20.This includes $175 million for more mental health and addictions services and supports in 2021-2022 committed through the 2021 Budget, $176 million invested in October 2020 and new funding of $174 million invested in 2019-20.

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About Health Links

Health Links are a new way of coordinating local health care for patients who often receive uncoordinated care from several different providers, resulting in both gaps and duplication in the care provided. Coordinating care is an important step in improving the services available to patients with complex conditions.

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Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at the York Region Paramedic Services Headquarters to announce the Southlake Community Ontario Health Team as one of the first 24 teams in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care that better connects patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes.

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