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Cannabis Resources for Family Physicians

illustration of a cannabis leafOn Oct. 17, 2018, the use of non-medical cannabis became legal in Canada. To support family physicians in managing patient care issues related to non-medical and medical cannabis use, we have compiled a list of resources. We will continue to update this list with educational offerings and clinical tools as more information becomes available.

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OCFP Response to Bill 74

Evidence highly suggests that successful reforms need to be anchored in a robust primary care sector, and led by family physicians. The OCFP has provided a written submission to the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 74: The People's Health Care Act, 2019.

We strongly support Bill 74's commitment to placing the patient at the centre of a connected care system in communities across the province. Better integration of primary care with mental health and addictions, home and community care and hospitals in the Patient's Medical Neighbourhood will result in better outcomes.

We provided five key recommendations including the need for family physician leadership and co-design, as well as the inclusion of family physicians and their patients - regardless of practice model - to benefit from access to core, team-based resources.  

Change is Coming – What Does it Mean for You?

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In her latest President's Message, Dr. Jennifer Young addresses what we know so far about the coming changes from the Ontario government's health reform and how this may affect family doctors.

Dr. Young discusses what we still need to know and how we are supporting you - our Members - to ensure the essential role of family physicians is both recognized and reflected in the changes ahead.

Pulse on Family Medicine: Ontario's Plans for Health Reform

On Feb. 26, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott announced upcoming changes to our healthcare system.

How family doctors will fit in to these reforms is not yet clear. What is clear: family doctors must play a meaningful role in the changes ahead, both in system design and care delivery – family doctors are at the heart of the system that the government seeks to improve and ultimately central to success. 

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Advocating for a National Licensing Standard and Fees

Map of Canada illustrationWith the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada exploring the possibility of national licensure, the OCFP has reached out to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) – a participant at that table – offering our support in advancing this important issue.
The benefits of harmonizing medical licensing are clear. In addition to reducing onerous paperwork and costly fees, easing inter-provincial mobility through a national license can support locums in under-serviced areas, doctors seeking coverage for a temporary absence, doctors assuming the practice of a retiring physician, and create a larger pool for recruitment by smaller communities. As well, a physician who is censured in one jurisdiction could not move to another and practice, contributing to patient safety.
We look forward to working with the CPSO and other stakeholders to advance this important issue, and will continue to monitor and report any progress.

Reporting required by March 1, 2019 for 2018 health data privacy breaches

image of lock over numeric code to symbolize data and protectionAccording to new rules within the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), physicians, along with various other healthcare providers, are now required to notify the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario about any health privacy breaches on an annual basis. Data breaches include health information that was stolen, lost, used without authority, and/or disclosed without authority.

To permit the recording and reporting of data breaches for the 2018 calendar year, physicians are legally required to submit a record of any data breaches to the Information Privacy Commissioner through the statistics submission website by Friday, March 1, 2019. If you experienced no health privacy breaches during 2018, no report is required. Please note that submissions by mail or fax will not be accepted.

For additional information, to register/create your account and submit your annual health information breach statistics, click here.

Family Docs: The Early Years

A four-part podcast series sharing insights on work-life balance, transitioning to practice, and more

In our fourth and final episode of The OCFP's Early Years in Practice Committee member, Dr. Jillie Retson speaks with Dr. Elaine Blau about the importance of leadership. Their conversation covers the skills and qualities of a good leader, the importance of self-awareness, the challenges of leadership, and other tips on how to lead. 

Listen to the previous episode and download the show notes here.

Visit the News and Features section to read about updates about OHIP+, changes to government policies and the CPSO's Guidelines for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practices.


The Ontario College of Family Physicians represents more than 13,500 family physicians across the province. We support our members by providing evidence-based education and professional development, promoting and recognizing leadership excellence in family medicine, and advocating for the vital role family physicians play in delivering the highest quality care to patients and families across Ontario.
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