Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients

On November 19, 2018, the Government of Alberta gave Royal Assent to Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients. This Bill introduces the most profound changes to the Health Professions Act (HPA) since its inception in 2001. Parts of this legislation came into force on the day of assent with the balance coming into effect on April 1, 2019.

The enactment of this legislation has far reaching impact on health colleges and their members.  In compliance with Bill 21 the College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta created additional Standards of Practice regarding Doctor-patient relationships including dating and sexual relationships.  These standards have been reviewed and approved by the Government of Alberta.

 All health care professionals, including Podiatric Physicians, are required to undergo annual education regarding protecting patients from sexual abuse and misconduct.  

The College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta has also developed the following documents to aid Albertans.


Patient Relations Guide

Patient Counselling funding FAQ's


Required education: 

Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct