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Primary Care News & Updates

October 2023

  • An FAQ has been developed to provide you with information about the changes associated with the fall 2024 expansion for the Ontario Breast Screening Program to people ages 40-49.
  • Read FAQ here


June 2023

RAT TESTING: Ontario Health West Update

As of June 30th, the PASP program in its original form will wind down, however; select sectors (including healthcare), will continue to have free access to RATs through an extended access period that will continue through the summer/ fall period. During this extended access period, organizations that have previously ordered RATs through the PASP program will be able to continue to order and receive free RATs through the same process as before.

RAT memo

Extended access for COVID-19 rapid antigen testing


  • COVID-19 trial now enrolling participants in Ontario.
  • The study is open to adults aged 18 – 49 years with one or more chronic condition(s) or adults aged 50+ years who tested positive for COVID with symptoms starting in the last five days.

Turnaround time for cytology testing

  • The Ministry of Health (ministry) and Ontario Health have been working with community laboratories to address turnaround times for cytology (Pap) testing for cervical screening. Each laboratory has a plan in place to return turnaround times to expected service levels and address backlogs in processing tests while meeting all provincial legislative and regulatory requirements related to privacy and the protection of personal health information, quality standards and reporting.
  • Learn more here

Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program (OSP)

Adults experiencing depression or anxiety-related concerns can access free cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and related services through the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program (OSP). Depending on needs and preferences, clients will be matched with an OSP service, which include self-led resources guided by a coach or clinician, and one-on-one or group therapy sessions.

All services in the program are informed by CBT approaches. Most people begin with the self-led resources and move to individual or group therapy if they need more support.

Coordinated by nine network lead organizations across the province, services are delivered by select, trained community-based organizations. Individuals can self-refer for most of the networks or get a referral from a provider.

To learn more about the program, including registration and referral information, please visit and refer to the attached handouts.

If you have any questions, please contact

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Diagnosis Pathway

Sarcomas are rare cancers that arise in soft tissue and bone; they can affect all age groups and can occur in any part of the body. Appropriate investigation, management, and rehabilitation of patients with sarcoma is important and requires a high degree of coordination among healthcare disciplines.

Through the Sarcoma Services Program, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) leads Ontario’s efforts to improve equitable access to high-quality sarcoma services across Ontario, while making the best use of resources. The Soft Tissue Sarcoma Diagnosis Pathway, (released in 2015), is an essential component of the Sarcoma Services Program. It is a resource designed to support healthcare providers by providing an overview of the presentation, screening, and clinical work-up of a suspected sarcoma diagnosis within the Ontario cancer system.

For more information about the Sarcoma Services Program, please visit our website or contact


  • The Stroke Prevention Clinic is an outpatient clinic for:
    • Persons with recent symptoms of TIA or stroke
    • Persons with recent hospitalization for TIA or stroke
    • Persons experiencing a change in Health status or in imaging studies requiring consultation on stroke prevention and management
  • See full memo here

​​​​May 2023


Ontarians 16+ living with substance use challenges can access free online supports through ‘Breaking Free’, a self-paced, evidence-based, well-being and recovery program. Breaking Free aims to help people to reduce or stop the use of more than 70 substances, including opioids, and is available in English and French.
Signing up through is easy and confidential - just a postal code is needed.  If healthcare providers or organizations wish to share information about Breaking Free, implementation, training, and promotional resources are available on the program’s website.

April 2023

Avian Influenza Surveillance in Hospitalized Patients

[MOH] asking for your cooperation in maintaining a heightened index of suspicion for individuals ADMITTED to hospital with influenza as part of enhanced surveillance for avian influenza.

See full memo here.

Updated High Risk Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) genetic assessment referral criteria and forms

Per previous communications (February 2023), the High Risk OBSP referral criteria for genetic assessment have been updated to better align with the 2021 Provincial Hereditary Cancer Testing Eligibility Criteria  for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The new referral criteria will allow more people to be referred for genetic assessments to evaluate their eligibility for screening through the High Risk OBSP (e.g., expanded personal or family history criteria for breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer).  

To align with the new referral criteria for genetic assessment, the High Risk OBSP Requisition and the High Risk OBSP Breast Cancer Genetic Assessment Results (formerly, the OBSP Breast Cancer Genetic Assessment Results) forms have been updated. The new forms, along with detailed information regarding the form changes, have been circulated to relevant stakeholders. 

We kindly ask that you circulate the updated High Risk OBSP genetic assessment referral criteria and forms (attached) to your respective networks. 

If you have any questions, please contact


CMOH memo on MDR Gonorrhea

Please find attached a memo from Dr. Kieran Moore with important information regarding ceftriaxone non-susceptible gonorrhea in Ontario and clinical recommendations.


Refreshed Indigenous Relationship and Cultural Awareness Courses

Providing care that acknowledges, respects, and incorporates cultural and language considerations is an essential part of person-centred care.

Ontario Health’s Indigenous Relationship and Cultural Awareness courses have undergone a major refresh and now contain current content with a more interactive look and feel.

These courses have been designed to summarize 500 years of history into bite-sized chunks of information, providing you with knowledge about First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous peoples, including their governance structures, communities, and histories. All courses are self-paced learning modules, allowing you to stop and start at any time. They are free and publicly available to all.

This program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Register today and earn up to 19.5 Mainpro+ credits.

[registration link:] https:/

Please reach out to the Indigenous Cancer Care Unit at with any questions. 


March 2023


The Institutional Patient Death Record (IPDR) will be replaced by the new Resident Death Notice (RDN) as of March 13, 2023. 

The Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC) has pursued this redesign in response to recommendations from the Long-term Care Homes Public Inquiry (LTCPI). The new RDN will ensure that data collected is being used appropriately to identify deaths that require a coroner’s investigation, to make informed policy decisions and to detect trends of concern in resident deaths in LTCHs.

Memo - RDN General Rollout    Memo - RDN Job Aid

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