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Reference Documents Archive


The OACCAC and other health-care organizations in Ontario prepare reference tools, guidance documents and educational materials to increase the understanding of complex health sector programs, regulations and legislation.  The reference documents listed below encourage best practice and consistent ways of working together in home and community care in Ontario.​


Managing Transitions: ​​​​​ A Guidance Document (PDF)

The legislation governing the transitioning of patients from hospitals to long-term care/community in Ontario has expanded significantly in recent years. This Guidance document aims to be a resource and promote a consistent approach and understanding of the information necessary to support and manage the transitions to care ensuring compliance with the legislative and regulatory requirements while recognizing both the patient's rights and responsibilities. The document details:

  • The legislative framework for discharge planning
  • The different roles and responsibilities of those involved
  • Information to effectively managing the transitions in care


The document was jointly sponsored by the Ontario Hospital Association and the OACCAC and was written by legal counsel who regularly assists health care providers with issues related to patient transitions.


Additional Resources and Helpful Links

Speak Up:  Making an Advance Care Plan (Ontario)

Guide to the Ontario Hospital Personal Health Information and Protection Act

Long-term care home wait list and wait time information

A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

Canada Health Act

Health Insurance Act

            General Regulation

Public Hospitals Act 

            Hospital Management Regulation

            Classification of Hospitals Regulation

Community Care Access Corporations Act

Health Care Consent Act

Substitute Decisions Act

Long-Term Care Homes Act


Home Care and Community Services Act

Personal Health Information Protection Act

Retirement Homes Act