The Apology Act was introduced in the provincial legislature on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. The purpose of the act is to encourage more people to offer sincere regrets for their mistakes.
It was said the law must be changed to allow everyone (including doctors, nurses and police) to offer apologies for their errors without having to worry about their statements being used against them in civil court.
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia already have similar laws in effect. These laws have helped bring people together to resolve conflict, as well as lowered costs by eliminating the need for some court fights.
The law will apply to everyone in Ontario, however it will hold special significance for health care, where professionals are usually advised not to apologize for medical errors since it could be later used against them in civil court.