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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Ontario

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Excellent

Good

Implement a central immunization e-registry.

The CPS encourages Ontario to continue working on the full implementation of “Panorama”, so that patient records can be accessed and updated by primary care physicians.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

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 is working toward a review system that can use aggregate data from all child deaths for prevention-focused work. 

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.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Fair

Fair

Fair

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

Province/TerritoryHighlights 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.”