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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Ontario

Indicators2012 statusCurrent StatusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Excellent

Good

Implement a central immunization e-registry.

The CPS encourages Ontario to continue its work to ensure health care provider access to the Digital Health Immunization Repository (DHIR) and integration of electronic medical records with the DHIR, so that patient records can be accessed and updated by primary care physicians.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Good

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places to complement existing municipal bans.

Align legislation on e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products with smoking regulations.

Bring into force the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 that was scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2018.

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

The province should consider developing milk depots and should continue to support the The Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Donor Milk Bank.

Newborn hearing screening

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Good

Good

Amend current legislation to include all age groups.

Booster seat legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Ontario reviews deaths that fall under the Coroners Act, including all deaths of children under 5 years of age, as well as all deaths of children under 19 years of age with involvement of a Children’s Aid Society within 12 months of their death.

Ontario continues to work towards changing their review model from one focused on a subset of individual cases to one that is able to provide a systemic lens. The new review system will support prevention-focused work by using aggregate linked and integrated data from multiple sources to allow for trend surveillance and analysis of the factors that influence mortality rates. 

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Fair

Make explicit the provision of designated staff to assist students with daily management tasks as needed, such as blood glucose checks or insulin administration.

The ministry requires that school boards have policies and procedures in place to support children and students with certain medical conditions in schools. The policy will be finalized in winter 2018, for implementation by September 2018.

Indicator2012 statusCurrent StatusRecommended actionsComments
 ATVsSnowmobiles   
Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)FairFairFair

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old. Institute mandatory safety training.

IndicatorHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

Applies Jordan’s Principle to children with “complex medical conditions” but reports no cases to date or “any jurisdictional disputes between Canada and Ontario that have been resolved by reference to Jordan’s Principle.”