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Citizens' Council

Ministry
Health
URL
www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/drugs/councils/
Address
C/O ONTARIO PUBLIC DRUG PROGRAMS,, MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE,, HEPBURN BLOCK, 9TH FLOOR, 80 GROSVENOR ST.
TORONTO
M7A1R3
Phone
416-212-4724
Fax
416-325-6647
Background
Ontario Drug Benefit Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.10, s. 1.5 (opens a new window)
Function

The Citizens' Council is an advisory body to the Executive Officer of the Ontario Public Drug Programs and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The Citizens' Council evolved, as part of the government's Plan to Reform the Drug System, to meaningfully engage the public on an on-going basis in health care policy making and to provide a mechanism for citizens to provide input into policies and priorities of Ontario's publicly funded prescription drug programs. The Council is tasked with discussing specific topics/questions related to aspects of the province's prescription drug programs. Following these discussions, the Council develops a report summarizing their views on the specific question or topic at hand. The reports are submitted to the Executive Officer of the Ontario Public Drug Programs and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Both the report and the Executive Officer's response are made available on the ministry's website at www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/drugs/councils/reports.aspx

Membership

The Council consists up to 25 members plus a Chair, appointed by the Minister, by ministerial appointment letter. Members are representatives of the public from all parts of the community, of all different ages and backgrounds. Groups that already have a strong voice in making their opinions known to decision makers such as healthcare professionals, paid employees of health charities, employees of companies in health industries, elected officials, or Ministry of Health employees, may not be member of the Citizens' Council.

Term

No limitation in legislation.

Meetings
The Council will meet formally up to twice a year and submit a report after each meeting to the Executive Officer of the Ontario Public Drug Programs and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Reports will be made publicly available on the Ministry's website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/drugs/councils/reports.aspx
Remuneration

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule A, Level 1 of the Agencies and Appointments Directive

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location