2017 Statutory Review

The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) became law on December 11, 1997. It’s a law about the rights Manitobans to have access to their own personal health information while having that information protected from inappropriate collection, use, disclosure, retention or destruction.

PHIA requires the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) to conduct a periodic public review, making sure the act continues to meet its objectives and reflect contemporary needs.

In order to help facilitate discussion about PHIA and identify areas where it may be improved, MHSAL, in consultation with selected stakeholders, has developed the PHIA Review Discussion Paper. It can be downloaded at:

This document is an important part of that review process. It is intended to stimulate interest and public debate. It takes readers through the current provisions of PHIA and some of the amendments made as a result of the review in 2003/2004. It also provides some suggestions for further change.

Several specific issues are highlighted in this document for your consideration. These are by no means the only issues the government is willing to consider during the PHIA review process. Your comments and questions are encouraged about any personal health information or privacy issue that concerns you.

Submissions may be sent to:

PHIA Review
Legislative Unit
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, MB  R3B 3M9

Phone: 204-788-6612
Fax: 204-945-1020

Any information you provide will be used to assist in carrying out the review, evaluating PHIA and developing possible amendments. This may involve disclosing your comments to other review participants, institutions and interested parties, during and after the review process, through various means, including written reports and the Internet. In addition, following the completion of the review, copies of all submissions received for the purpose of the review will be made available to the public at the Legislative Library. 

If you submit any information for the purposes of this review as a private citizen, your identifying information will be removed from your submission before it is made public in the Legislative Library. In addition, your personal identity (including your name) will not be shared without your consent with other review participants, institutions and interested parties during or after the review, though you may be contacted by a government representative for clarification on your submission.

However, please be aware that the identity of an organization, and the name of any individual that submits any information for the purposes of this review on behalf of an organization, will be made public at the Legislative Library and may be disclosed to other review participants, institutions and interested parties during and after the review process.

Please submit your comments and suggestions by no later than May 31, 2017. This will ensure they will be considered as part of the legislative review process. Individual responses to submissions will not be provided by the department to any person or organization submitting feedback in the review process.

You may also contact the Legislative Unit for more information on PHIA or for clarification on any issue outlined in the discussion paper.

A review of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is also being undertaken by Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage. For information on the FIPPA review, visit: