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Senior Health Policy Advisor

Legislative Assembly
Strategic Initiatives and External Relations Division/ Health Policy
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Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
Leg Assembly/IP11 - Leg Assembly/IP11
$93,175.00 - $131,328.00 Per Year
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The IPC's Health Policy Department is currently recruiting for a Senior Health Policy Advisor. If you feel you are qualified, we encourage you to review and apply to this opportunity.

Bring your expertise and enthusiasm for privacy and transparency to the Health Policy Department at the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC), an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The IPC oversees the Personal Health Information Protection Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Part X of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and the Anti-Racism Act.

What can I expect to do in this role?

A Senior Policy Advisor supports the leading-edge health policy analysis and research work of the IPC.

This involves:
  • Implementing detailed plans and recommending policies/procedures regarding program specific requirements.
  • Leading health policy and program development processes by identifying, formulating, and recommending new policy and policy amendments, preparing, and supporting the delivery of detailed implementation plans.
  • Producing timely high-quality, plain-language memoranda, reports, guidance, tools, and presentations.
  • Assisting in the development and execution of a public awareness / education strategy about health information protection.
  • Preparing position papers in response to government consultations on legislative or regulatory proposals and supporting the Commissioner's testimony at Legislative assembly committees.
  • Engaging with government organizations during the development of policies, programs, and activities that could affect privacy and transparency.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and commenting on privacy impact assessments of public sector institutions.
  • Participating in the triennial review process of prescribed entities, persons, and organizations under the Personal Health Information Protection Act
  • Engaging with stakeholders to advance the Commission's four strategic priorities, especially the priority on “Trust in Digital Health”.
  • Providing research and support to the IPC Tribunal.
  • Preparing for and participating on behalf of the IPC in provincial, national, and international policy fora.

How do I qualify?


You will qualify for this position by demonstrating:
Policy Knowledge
  • You possess extensive knowledge of access, privacy, and open and transparent government issues, especially in the health sector.
  • You have solid knowledge of policies and procedures of government and/or health sector organizations.
  • You have an understanding of health-related access and privacy issues relating to information management systems used in government and other organizations.
  • You have knowledge and understanding of strategic objectives and decision-making processes to ensure policy and program submissions support the IPC directions and mandate.
  • You have knowledge of issues management techniques and principles to integrate into the planning process.

Interpersonal and Relationship Management Skills
  • You have consultation, partnership, and relationship management skills to establish critical business relationships and promote the strategic direction.
  • You exercise political acuity when providing relevant information to organizational leadership.

Analytical, Research and Project Management Experience
  • You have the ability to plan and conduct extensive research and prepare written evaluations and recommendations.
  • You can identify and resolve issues and problems affecting the organization on achieving its objectives.
  • You can identify risks and barriers to policy and program decisions.

Communication and Presentation Skills
  • You have well-developed oral communication skills to respond to issues and provide recommendations.
  • You have strong written communication skills to prepare reports and promote policy/program initiatives to internal and external stakeholders. Plain language writing proficiency is an asset.
  • You have experience using standard computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) to research and prepare materials.

Asset Qualifications
  • You have the ability to communicate (orally and in writing) in French.
  • You have applied experience in program evaluation or audit methodology.

What's in it for you?

  • A modern organization with a flexible hybrid work model with in-office attendance at a minimum of 5-10 days per month.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and developmental opportunities for all its employees.
  • Work with an innovative and high performing organization committed to creating a positive organizational culture and highly dedicated to its mission of advancing the privacy and access rights of Ontarians.
  • A defined benefit pension plan, Comprehensive Health Plan, and Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits.

Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and promoting a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

We also believe in the importance of providing services to Ontarians in both official languages and encourage interested bilingual candidates to apply particularly for public facing positions.


  • OPS & IPC Reciprocal Staffing Agreement:
    • OPS & IPC Reciprocal Staffing Agreement: The IPC has a Reciprocal Staffing Agreement with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) that enables IPC employees to apply to positions with the OPS.

  • Qualified List Information:

    • o A list of qualified candidates will be established for the Senior Health Policy Advisor position in the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) and will be in effect for twelve (12) months from the date the list is created. Qualified candidates on the list may be considered when filling future permanent and/or temporary vacancies in this position.

Send application to: citing “Senior Health Policy Advisor” in the subject line.

Remember: The deadline to apply is February 22, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Permanent, 2 Bloor St E, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Policy and Analysis
Posted on:
Thursday, February 1, 2024
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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