Fall 2018 - Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients
Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients has been passed to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals in Alberta. This abuse is a significant betrayal of trust and is not tolerated.
Before this legislation, penalties for conduct determined to be sexual abuse or sexual misconduct varied across almost 30 health regulatory colleges in Alberta and were determined on a case-by-case basis.
The new rules will ensure consistent penalties are applied to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act for findings of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct. It will not apply to unregulated professions such as massage therapists, or professions regulated under the Health Disciplines Act such as acupuncturists.
Alberta is the second province, after Ontario, to take action to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals.
Albertans deserve to feel safe while accessing health care and we’re taking action to ensure that’s the case.
The Government of Alberta has zero tolerance for sexual abuse or sexual misconduct toward patients.
Albertans will be able to look up whether their health provider has faced disciplinary action from a regulatory college for sexual abuse or sexual misconduct toward a patient from the date the new legislation comes into effect.
Alberta will be the second province in Canada, after Ontario, to take this kind of targeted legislative action to protect patients.