A home health-care worker is someone who provides health care services in private homes through a Local Health Integration Network or an organization that receives funding from the Ministry of Health or a Local Health Integration Network.
Home health-care workers have the right to ask a person not to smoke or vape in their presence while they are providing health care services. If a person refuses to stop smoking or vaping, the home health-care worker has the right to stop what they are doing and leave, unless doing so would present an immediate, serious danger to someone’s health.
The regulation under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) requires that a home health care worker who exercises his or her right to leave a home notify their employer within 30 minutes or as soon as reasonably possible:
As well, the worker must follow any guidelines provided by the employer that are reasonably aimed at making sure the client is kept safe and provided with a reasonable level of care.
Employers are not permitted to:
Print the Home Health Care Workers Fact Sheet.