School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Bridging the Healthcare Gaps: Our Journey So Far

Christine Elliott

Patient Obudsman, Government of Ontario

Thursday March 16, 2017,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome

Some of the largest issues facing Ontario’s healthcare system are the transitions between care settings and the gaps in health care delivery. The Patient Ombudsman’s office has been travelling around the province to learn more about the patient and caregiver journey, the challenges health sector organizations face and how different experiences can be depending on where people live. Ms. Elliott will share her observations, regional learnings and perspectives derived from numerous patient consultations and outreach activities.

Christine Elliott | March 16, 2017


Christine Elliott

Patient Obudsman
Government of Ontario


Christine Elliott is a graduate of Western University Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She practised law as a partner with Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy until 2006, when she was elected as the MPP for Whitby-Ajax in a by-election. She was subsequently re-elected as the MPP for Whitby-Oshawa in 2007, 2011 and 2014. During her years at Queen’s Park Christine brought forward two private member’s bills, which resulted in Select Committees on Mental Health and Addictions and on Developmental Services. In December, 2015, Christine was appointed by the provincial government as the first Patient Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario. 

Christine has been an advocate for vulnerable people for many years and has served as a volunteer with many community organizations, including the Grandview Children’s Centre and Durham Mental Health Services, which named one of their homes in her honour. She has also served on the board of directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Christine is the co-founder and a director of the Abilities Centre, a sports, recreation and arts facility for people of all abilities located in Whitby.