Purposes for collecting personal information
We collect, use and share your personal information for such reasons such as:
- Your ongoing care and services
- To help us improve our care and services
- Teaching and education (e.g. training medical students)
- Research (as permitted)
- As required by law (e.g. court order, reportable conditions, providing income tax information etc.)
- To know your eligibility for benefits and services
- Arrange payment for services
Authorization for collecting personal information
The Public Hospitals Act authorizes our collection of information as well as other legislation such as the Health Insurance Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act etc.
Limiting use, disclosure, and retention of personal information
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is treated confidentially and is only used for the purposes it was collected. We will take all reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized access, use or disclosure of your personal information as directed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
Personal information will be retained for a minimum of one year from the last date of use and then securely destroyed in accordance with FIPPA (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 460, s. 5 (1)).
Access to your personal information
Upon completion of the Access/Correction Request Form and submission of the application fee, an individual will be provided access to information in accordance with the Centre’s policies and procedures. Note: In certain situations, the Centre may not be able to provide access to all the personal information it holds about an individual. Exceptions to the access requirement will be limited, specific and in compliance with FIPPA s.49.
Accuracy of personal information
Personal information will be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. An individual will be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and make a request to have it corrected as appropriate.
Comments or complaints
If you would like to make a comment or complaint regarding personal information privacy at the Centre, you may call us at 416-243-3600 ext. 2607. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
Information Privacy complaints can also be directed to:
Ontario's Information Privacy Commissioner
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8