Mental Hospitals Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8


Mental Hospitals Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER M.8

Historical version for the period June 22, 2006 to December 14, 2009.

Last amendment: 2006, c. 19, Sched. L, s. 11 (2-4).


1. In this Act and the regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,

“approved home” means a home to which patients may be released from an institution in the manner provided by this Act and the regulations; (“foyer agréé”)

“child” includes a son and daughter; (“enfant”)

“Deputy Minister” means the Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; (“sous-ministre”)

“institution” means an institution under this Act, and includes every approved home connected therewith; (“établissement”)

“Minister” means the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; (“ministre”)

“Ministry” means the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; (“ministère”)

“municipality” means a regional municipality and a local municipality, other than a local municipality in a regional municipality; (“municipalité”)

“officer in charge” means the officer of the Ministry who is appointed as the superintendent or hospital administrator of an institution; (“dirigeant responsable”)

“parent” includes a father and mother; (“parent”)

“regulations” means the regulations made under this Act. (“règlements”) R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8, s. 1; 2002, c. 17, Sched. F, Table; 2006, c. 19, Sched. L, s. 11 (2-4).

Application to certain institutions

2. This Act applies to such institutions as are designated from time to time by the regulations. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8, s. 2.

Names of institutions

3. Each institution shall be known by such name as the Lieutenant Governor in Council may designate. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8, s. 3.

Application of Public Hospitals Act

4. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may designate any provision of the Public Hospitals Act or of the regulations thereunder as being applicable to any institution under this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8, s. 4.


5. (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make such regulations as are necessary for carrying out this Act and for the efficient administration thereof. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.8, s. 5 (1).


(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the powers of the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations in the manner set out therein extend to and include,

(a) designating the institutions to which this Act applies;

(b) prescribing the district to be served and classes of patient to be treated in any institution;

(c) prescribing the powers and duties of the Deputy Minister;

(d) providing for the appointment of officers and employees, and prescribing their powers and duties;

(e) regulating the inspection, superintendence, government, management, conduct, operation, maintenance, care and use of institutions and equipment;

(f) regulating the care, treatment and maintenance of patients;

(g) classifying patients and persons and exempting any class of patients or persons from any provision of this Act;

(h) prescribing the forms relating to patients and all other forms required for the carrying out of this Act and the regulations;

(i) prescribing the records, books, accounting systems, audits, reports and returns to be made and kept respecting institutions;

(j) regulating the financial business and affairs of institutions;

(k) providing for the granting and withdrawing of certificates of approval to approved homes, and fixing the fees payable therefor;

(l) fixing the situation, construction and equipment of approved homes;

(m) declaring that any institution or part thereof shall be exempt from any provision of this Act or of the regulations;

(n) prescribing the charges that shall be paid by the persons liable for the maintenance of patients in institutions;

(o) prescribing the amounts to be paid by the Ministry for the care and maintenance of patients or former patients in approved homes;

(p) prescribing the amounts of contributions that may be made to public hospitals by the Minister under section 10 and the manner and conditions of making such contributions;

(q) prescribing the amounts that may be paid by the Ministry to medical practitioners who are not officers of the Ministry for the examination of persons who are or are believed to be in need of observation, care and treatment in an institution, and prescribing the terms and conditions of such payments;

(r) prescribing the costs and expenses referred to in subsection 16 (1);

(s) generally, the control of all other matters in any way relating to institutions, and respecting any other matter necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the...

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT