The Protecting Children (Information Sharing) Act
On September 15, 2017, Minister Scott Fielding announced the proclamation of The Protecting Children (Information Sharing) Act and its regulation. This new legislation allows provincial government departments, organizations and others who provide services to at-risk and vulnerable children to collect, use and share personal information (including personal health information) about supported children, their parents and legal guardians.
Personal information (including personal health information) can be shared without consent only when it is in the best interests of supported children. The authority to share information is in addition to terms under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and The Personal Health Information Act.
Service providers must ensure that the sharing of personal information:
• is in the supported child’s best interests
• is necessary to plan or provide services or benefits to a supported child
• is limited to the minimum (least) amount of information
• is not prohibited by another act (law), such as The Child and Family Services Act and The Youth Criminal Justice Act
This new legislation, which came into force September 15, 2017, affects numerous departments and agencies that receive government funding to provide services to supported children. Regulated Health Professionals may also disclose information in accordance with The Act.