- Report a privacy breach
- Collection, use and disclosure of personal health information
- Responding to a privacy breach
- Unauthorized access
- Access and correction
- PHIPA complaint process
- Safeguarding personal health information
- PHIPA Code of Procedure
PHIPA complaint process
Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) allows individuals to file written complaints with the IPC.
A complaint may be filed with the IPC where there are reasonable grounds to believe that PHIPA has been, or is about to be, contravened, including in relation to:
- a health information custodian’s (custodian) information practices;
- collections, uses and disclosures of personal health information;
- a custodian’s refusal, or deemed refusal, to grant access to, or correction of, an individual’s record of personal health information.
What are the time limits within which an individual can file a complaint under PHIPA?
An individual can file a complaint with the IPC within one year of becoming aware of the problem. PHIPA provides the IPC with the discretion to extend this one-year limitation period where the IPC is satisfied that it does not prejudice any person.
For complaints that deal with access or correction, an individual can file a complaint with the IPC within six months from the time a custodian refuses or is deemed to have refused, an access or correction request.
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