Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council
56 Wellesley St W.,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Telephone and Facsimile
The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) is established under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), with a statutory duty to advise the Minister on health professions regulatory matters in Ontario. This includes providing advice to the Minister on:
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care relies on recommendations from HPRAC as an independent source of evidence-informed advice in the formulation of policy in relation to health professional regulation in Ontario. In providing its advice and preparing its recommendations, HPRAC is independent of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the regulated health colleges, regulated health professional and provider associations, and stakeholders who have an interest in issues on which it provides advice. This ensures that HPRAC is free from constraining alliances and conflict of interest, and is able to carry out its activities in a fair and unbiased manner.
When considering health professions regulatory matters, HPRAC ascribes to the following overriding principles:
HPRAC presents its recommendations in a report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for consideration. This report is confidential until released by the Minister. As per the RHPA, HPRAC recommendations are advisory only. The Minister is not bound to accept HPRAC's advice. The release of an HPRAC report and any follow-up action are at the discretion of the Minister. Should the minister choose to accept HPRAC's advice, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for implementation based on the direction of the government.