News & Features

New Reporting Obligations for MAiD

Effective Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada will implement new reporting requirements for physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists around medical assistance in dying (MAiD) requests. Under the new regulations any written requests for MAiD will require practitioners to report additional information - and include penalties for failing to provide this information. 
Full regulation changes and supporting documents are included on the OCFP's Medical Assistance in Dying Resource Page.

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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Have Your Say

The CPSO’s draft Continuity of Care Policy sets out expectations for physicians in four key areas

image of CPSO's Community of Care Consultation graphicThe College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is accepting input on its draft umbrella Continuity of Care Policy, comprised of policies regarding availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics. The OCFP is leading its own consultation efforts and we want to hear from members. Given the anticipated impact of these draft policies on family physicians' daily practice, this is an important opportunity for members to share their views. Feedback on the content in these draft policies will be used to shape the OCFP’s organizational response to the CPSO, from a family physician perspective.

How to participate and share feedback:
  1. Read the key areas highlighted by OCFP staff
  2. Review the full CPSO policy drafts and a 'primer' for each policy

Ontario Government Announces Changes to OHIP+

Children and youth covered by private insurance to bill those plans first
June 30, 2018

On June 30, Christine Elliott - Ontario's new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) - announced changes to OHIP+. Children and youth who are covered by private plans will bill those plans first, with the government covering all remaining eligible costs of prescriptions. Children and youth not covered by private benefits will continue to receive their eligible prescriptions for free under the OHIP+ program.

Private insurers had previously given the government a grace period for some medications, which was set to expire on July 1, 2018. Ontario's new government has asked those insurance groups to extend this period as the new changes are made.

Previous OHIP+ Updates

Ontario’s newly elected government puts immunization reporting requirements on hold

No July 1 implementation required by family physicians
June 20, 2018

Implementation of proposed changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) and regulations are on hold. The changes would have required family physicians to report immunizations provided to children for nine designated diseases to local public health units starting July 1, 2018.
As noted in our June 15 member communication, the OCFP and other member-based organizations heard many concerns from family physicians about how these new reporting requirements would impact workload. Those concerns, among others, were shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
On June 20, Premier-Designate Doug Ford communicated that the new reporting requirements are on pause. He has committed the new minister responsible for health, once appointed, to work with the OMA to “prioritize an acceptable solution”. The OCFP will also continue to collaborate with the OMA and the MOHLTC while it works toward the integration of immunization records with public health units.

CPSO/CFPC Joint Statement - Revised Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

June 18, 2018

After working closely with the CFPC, and hearing from many family physicians, the CPSO is amending its document: Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine As Part of Their Rural Practice - Changing Scope of Practice Process. The expectations document will recognize the experience family physicians receive in urban emergency departments as meeting the necessary criteria to include emergency medicine in a rural practice; including new graduates of a family medicine residency program. 

Read the full joint statement as well as the revised guidance document and FAQs here:

Previous Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice Updates

Family Medicine Matters Blog

The Family Medicine Matters blog features articles discussing current topics. Members are invited to share their perspectives and ideas and engage in a dialogue.

Rallying to Save Lives

In the aftermath of a horrific crash that saw eight badly injured patients rushed to the hospital's ER, the inspiring response of the town's physician community has earned the respect of many. In this letter to his colleagues, the CGMH's chief of staff, Dr. Michael Lisi, expresses his heartfelt admiration and appreciation.
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Click here to read previous editions of the blog and President's Newsbriefs.

What's Up in Family Medicine

Periodically the OCFP features articles with information, tools and resources that can support family physicians in their practices. Click here for a full list of articles.

Members' Forum Highlights

The OCFP's 2017 Members' Forum focused on supports for family physicians in Managing Pain and Addressing Opioids. Taking place in Toronto on Nov. 24, the event featured a panel of leading experts from across the health system, to share the latest information on these crucial issues. 

See the presentation slides.

We Want to Hear From You

More and more, the OCFP is shaping our website to keep members aware of our activities and those of others. We welcome suggestions for article topics, online resources and tools that would be of interest to our members. Please email suggestions to