The health industry is constantly growing and evolving. Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group helps clients navigate this complex landscape, providing clear analysis and intelligent solutions for all their legal needs. Our Group has in depth knowledge of national, provincial and local issues and provides a wide range of legal services to clients from both the public and private sector. We understand the unique perspectives, needs and concerns of the health industry, and are committed to helping clients find practical solutions that work for them.
Our team consists of lawyers from all disciplines, who have expertise in their respective specialties and extensive experience serving the health industry across the country. We utilize an integrated service delivery model that accesses the full complement of the firm’s legal and business resources, which allows us to provide clients with the expertise and strategic advice they need, when they need it.
As acknowledged thought leaders, our lawyers work closely with organizations and individuals in all aspects of the industry including:
- health service providers (including hospitals, regional health authorities, long-term care facilities, community health and social service organizations, home care, clinics, health professionals, pharmacies, diagnostic and laboratory providers)
- life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and technology)
- professional associations and regulatory colleges
- executive, vocational health and private health
- research and innovation
- financing and venture capital
- design professionals and construction companies.
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide cohesive, risk-managed advice on both a proactive and reactive basis. We develop strategies to help position our clients to prevent legal issues, avoid potential liability and regulatory or business disputes, and effectively manage legal and risk matters that arise.
We support clients in many areas, including:
- Health Law & Regulatory Compliance
- Public Health & Emergency Preparedness
- Health Professional Regulation
- Corporate/Commercial & Governance
- E-health & Information Sharing
- Privacy & Anti-Spam Legislation
- Health Advocacy
- Risk & Claims Management
- Labour & Employment
- Construction & Procurement
- Intellectual Property & Information Technology
- Government Relations
We also offer a number of value-added services to the health industry, including:
- Miller Thomson On Call™ for the Health Industry, which provides access to preliminary legal advice on an as needed basis, for a set annual fee. The program offers a cost-efficient approach to legal services, and is consistently recognized as providing excellent value.
- Educational services, such as customized programs and workshops intended to keep health industry clients up-to-date on current legislative, policy and legal developments;
- Updates, Newsletters and Communiqués available electronically, free-of-charge, to help you keep abreast of recent hot topics, changes and initiatives affecting the health industry.
- HealthPortal, a one-stop, online source for information and resources for the health industry.
- Coffee Talk, our complimentary webinar series offering updates on current health industry trends and on issues relating to legislation, policy and case law.
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
New edition of Essential Law for Social Work Practice in Canada
Miller Thomson’s National Health Industry Group is pleased to announce the third edition of Essential Law for Social Work Practice in Canada. Individuals who need social work services have problems that are complex and multifaceted. To best serve their clients,...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Gerald Chipeur provides opinion before Senate Committee on constitutionality of Bill C-14
On June 6, 2016, Gerald Chipeur, QC was called to testify before the Senate Committee studying Bill C-14. The Globe and Mail reported that in his testimony he expressed the opinion that Bill C-14, a bill creating safeguards to protect...
Karima Kanani named 2015 Lexpert Rising Star
Miller Thomson Partner Karima Kanani has been named among Lexpert’s 2015 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. The prestigious honour, presented annually by Lexpert magazine, recognizes the outstanding achievements of young lawyers from across Canada. Winners are selected by an advisory board...
Introducing Miller Thomson On Call™ For the Health Industry
Miller Thomson LLP is pleased to introduce Miller Thomson On Call™, a unique and innovative concept in legal service delivery, providing health industry clients with 24/7 access to legal support. With the complex array of legal issues facing health industry...
Ivan Bernardo Appointed Queen’s Counsel
Congratulations to Ivan Bernardo, Partner in our Calgary office, who was appointed “one of Her Majesty’s counsel learned in the law” (Queen’s Counsel). The QC designation is an honour conferred annually on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional...
The Regina office is pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Murphy has joined the firm as a partner.
Greg was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1982. His primary areas of practice are commercial law, personal estate planning, tax planning, health law and litigation.
Ryan Morasiewicz is appointed Program Coordinator of the Canadian Bar Association’s Health Law section (BC Branch).
Karima Kanani named 2011 Precedent Setter making her mark among the best of the new generation of lawyers.
KARIMA KANANI NAMED 2011 PRECEDENT SETTERMaking her mark among the best of the new generation of lawyers TORONTO, ON (June 2, 2011) – Precedent Magazine named this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners, profiling six top-class lawyers in their first ten...
Lisa Spiegel presents at the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto
Lisa Spiegel presents on “CPSO Effective Referral Policy: The court challenge and its implication” at the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s professional development program, “A ‘Pot Pourri’ of Medico-Legal Cases”.
Gerald Chipeur presents at the FNHMA Annual National Conference
Gerry Chipeur presents at the First Nations Health Management Association National Conference on the topic of “The Right to Health Care Under the Medicine Chest Provisions of Treaties with the Crown: Historical Origins and Meaning Today”.
Kathryn Frelick speaks on cyber risk in the health sector
Kathryn Frelick presents on the subject of “Cyber Risk in the Health Sector” at the 2017 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Kathryn Frelick speaks at Privacy Law Summit 2017
Kathryn Frelick will be presenting at the OBA on Beyond PHIPA: What Other Legislation Do You Need to Consider?
Kathryn Frelick speaks on privacy protection
Kathryn Frelick speaks on “Privacy Protection of Personal Information: Best Practices for Reducing Liability” at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Current Governance Trends and Opportunities for Not-for-Profit Organizations conference.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity in health care
Imran Ahmad presents “Redefining Cyber Security in Health Care: The Board’s Fiduciary Mandate” at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Health Care Governance Forum and Leadership Summit.
Kathryn Frelick presents cyber risk webinar
The webinar on “Cyber Risk in the Health Sector” is hosted by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).
Miller Thomson co-hosts roundtable on long-term care
Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited co-hosted an invitational roundtable on January 27, 2016, with approximately 30 participants including leaders from the long-term care home sector and risk management experts, discussing a variety of topics including: Privacy Update: The Continued...
Kathryn Frelick speaks on privacy issues
Kathryn Frelick speaks on “Current and Emerging Privacy Issues in LTC- Video Surveillance, Social Media and Email” for The 2015 Guide to Legal Risk Management in Long-Term Care program, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development.
Joshua Liswood chairs Osgoode’s 2015 Guide to Legal Risk Management in Long-Term Care.
Coffee Talk: Up in Smoke? Marijuana in the Workplace
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group invites you to a complimentary webinar/audio conference on March 21, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., titled “Up in Smoke? Marijuana in the Workplace“, presented by André Nowakowski. This session will cover: Overview of the legislative framework concerning...
Coffee Talk – Board of Directors Series – What Directors Need to Know: The New H-SAA
The new H-SAA reflects recent changes to LHSIA. It also introduces new governance obligations and standards for hospital boards, as well as requirements for hospitals to have mandated policies in place. Each public hospital will need to consider the new...
Medical Cannabis for the Health Industry
Miller Thomson’s National Health Industry Group Webinar Series Join us as our panel of experts examines a series of topics on Medical Cannabis for the Health Industry. Topics include: •production and use •differences between medical and recreational cannabis •sale and...
Miller Thomson Health Industry Group Coffee Talk – Board of Directors Series
Miller Thomson’s complimentary Board of Directors Series is aimed at Boards of Directors and Senior Management of health service providers. The webinar session will take place on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. – “What Directors Need to Know...
Coffee Talk – Vicarious Liability: When is a Health Care Facility Responsible for Health Care Providers Providing Care?
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group will host a complimentary webinar/audio conference on November 15, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled ” Vicarious Liability: When is a Health Care Facility Responsible for Health Care Providers Providing Care?“, presented by Lisa Spiegel and Lauren Parrish. During our Coffee Talk presentation we...
Health Industry Group Webinar Series – Navigating the Legal Pall of Medically Assisted Death
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group Launches National Webinar Series Miller Thomson’s National Health Industry Group is pleased to present a complimentary special three-part webinar series addressing some of the most pressing and topical issues facing the health industry. Our first session:...
Coffee Talk – Litigation Strategies: When to Litigate and How to Make it as Painless as Possible
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group will host a complimentary webinar/audio conference on May 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Litigation Strategies: When to Litigate and How to Make it as Painless as Possible“, presented by “Lauren Parrish and Andrea Farkouh. This Coffee...
Coffee Talk – Transitions in Care: Collaborating Across the Care Continuum
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group will host a complimentary webinar/audio conference on April 19, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Transitions in Care: Collaborating Across the Care Continuum“, presented by Karima Kanani and Kathryn Frelick. This Coffee Talk will include a discussion of...
Coffee Talk: What to Do When There is a College Complaint
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on March 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “What to Do When There is a College Complaint“, presented by Lisa Spiegel. This Coffee Talk will increase your understanding of what...
Coffee Talk: Build, Renovate, Expand – Risk Management in Construction & Procurement
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group will host a complimentary webinar/audio conference on February 15, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Build, Renovate, Expand – Risk Management in Construction & Procurement“, presented by Karima Kanani and Rosa Mauro. Construction projects can expose organizations to...
Annual Returns Due Date Approaching for Ontario Health Service Providers
Under the Corporations Information Act (Ontario), corporations are required to file an Annual Return with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) within six months of the corporation’s financial year-end to update the public record. The Annual Return...
Do you have a Duty to Report A Medically Unfit Driver? New Reporting Requirements in Effect
After 40 years without change, amendments to the medical and vision reporting requirements under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (“HTA”) are in effect. The amendments are significant and have broad implications for health industry clients. Starting July 1, 2018, physicians and...
Cannabis Act Receives Royal Assent; New Cannabis Regulations Released
Cannabis will be a legal product in Canada on October 17, 2018, albeit with rigorous regulatory restrictions, including highly restrictive packaging and advertising rules. This comes after significant dialogue between the House of Commons and the Senate, and almost three...
Court Affirms Physician Requirements to Provide Effective Referrals for MAID
On January 31, 2018, the Ontario Divisional Court affirmed that “conscientiously objecting” physicians can be required to provide emergency care and referrals relating to medical services that go against their religious or personal beliefs – such as medical assistance in...
Public Hospital Advisory: New Accountability Agreement for Hospitals (H-SAA)
Pursuant to the Local Health Services Integration Act (“LHSIA”), hospitals receive operational funding through Hospital Service Accountability Agreements (“H-SAA”). The current H-SAA terminates on March 31, 2018, and a new H-SAA template is being implemented on April 1, 2018. The...
Amendments to Non-Profit Governance in Ontario
The Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”) was recently amended after not being substantially updated in many years. In November 2017, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 made certain amendments to the OCA to bring long desired flexibility to the Ontario...
Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 Becomes Law in Ontario
Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 (the “Act”) became law on December 12, 2017, bringing some significant changes to many areas of the health industry. While some discrete portions of the Act came into force...
Public Hospital Advisory: Hospital Naming Directive Now Effective
On October 12, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “Ministry”) issued a Hospital Naming Directive (the “Naming Directive”) setting out naming criteria and the approval process that all Ontario hospitals must follow when changing their corporate name or...
Are Your Professional Staff Rules and Regulations Up to Date?
Autumn is an excellent time for hospitals to review and update their Professional Staff Rules and Regulations (“Rules and Regulations”). Rules and Regulations are an important regulatory and risk management tool for hospitals. Along with a hospital’s by-laws, policies and...
Mandatory Notification Requirements under PHIPA in force October 1, 2017
As set out in our previous Health Communiqué, amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) require mandatory notification to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario (IPC) if the circumstances surrounding a theft, loss or unauthorized use or disclosure...
Interaxon Inc. announces US$11.6 million in Series B-1 funding
Counsel to Interaxon Inc.
Hemostemix completes private placement of subscription receipts and rights offering
Counsel to PI Financial Corp.
Cyclica announces close of Series A2 financing round
Counsel to Cyclica Inc.
Wellness Lifestyles Inc. closes oversubscribed financing and acquisition of Canada Yoga Inc.
Counsel to Wellness Lifestyles Inc.
OrthoMed Canada under new ownership
Counsel to the vendors
Alternate Health Corp. closes $7.5 million non-brokered private placement
Counsel to Alternate Health Corp.
Alternate Health Corp. closes oversubscribed private placement of common shares and lists on CSE
Counsel to Alternate Health Corp.
Eden Care Communities acquires Footability
Counsel to Eden Care Communities
Not-for-profit healthcare, housing and community services provider negotiates financing with provincial Crown corporation
Counsel to the not-for-profit health care, housing and community services provider
BlueOcean NutraSciences closes non-brokered private placement
Counsel to BlueOcean NutraSciences Inc.