The "Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)" came into effect on November 1, 2004.  This law clarifies and standardizes privacy rules re: the collection, use and disclosure of your health information to be aware of how it affects your care and that of your child.

Vanier Children's Services, under PHIPA, is considered to be a "Health Information Custodian".

Who can see Your Health Information?

Whenever a Vanier staff records or uses your health information, their goal is to provide you/your child with the best possible care.  PHIPA defines situations where your health information can be shared without checking with you first ("Implied Consent"), and situations where we must ask your permission to share this information with others ("Express Consent").

What if You want more Information about Vanier & Privacy Issues?

Your health information, and your child's health information, is some of the most personal information there is.  You have a right to know how it is being used, who is seeing it and what it says.  If you have questions about the privacy of your health information, please contact your Vanier staff person/supervisor.  You can also contact the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario at

Click here to download a Vanier PHIPA information brochure (pdf)