Bill 21 is a law that applies to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act. The legislation establishes mandatory penalties for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals, requires disciplinary actions for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct to be clearly and consistently posted online, and provides survivors with access to treatment and counselling.
The requirements for online posting come into effect on March 31, 2019. Only decisions made after March 31, 2019 will be posted.
To reflect the severity of these actions, there will be a permanent cancellation of a practitioner’s practice permit when a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual abuse. When a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual misconduct, a health professional’s practice permit will be suspended.