Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative

Our Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy is designed to comply with applicable privacy legislation in Canada. It is also designed to help individuals understand how their personal information is managed in the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative.


Those individuals protected by this Privacy Policy include customers and prospective customers. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected during the course of commercial activities.


If the policies and procedures outlined in this document do not address a specific situation, individuals are expected to contact the EICP Initiative Chief Privacy Officer for guidance or clarification.

The Principles

Our Privacy Policy is designed to comply with applicable privacy legislation in Canada. It incorporates the following 10 principles:
  1. Accountability

  2. Identifying Purpose

  3. Consent

  4. Limiting Collection

  5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention

  6. Accuracy of Personal Information

  7. Safeguarding Personal Information

  8. Openness

  9. Access to Personal Information

  10. Challenging Compliance

If we change our Privacy Policy in the future, those changes will be included in updates to our official Privacy Policy, wherever it is made available. Thus, you will always know what information we collect, how we use it and how we protect it. When personal information that has been collected is to be used for a purpose not previously identified, the new purpose will be identified to you prior to use.


The EICP Initiative is responsible for maintaining and protecting the personal information under its control. Accountability for this function within our organization is held by:

Glen Roberts
EICP Initiative c/o The Conference Board of Canada
255 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M7
[email protected]

Identifying Purpose

The EICP Initiative will identify to an individual the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time the information is collected. Generally, the EICP Initiative collects personal information for the following purposes:
  • to manage and develop the EICP Initiative business and operations, including personnel and employment matters; and
  • to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

However, there may be other circumstances that require such information to be collected and used.

The EICP Initiative collects the following personal information from individuals during the course of normal commercial activities. The information obtained includes name, business title, rank, function and general contact information, levels of interest for our services and topics, and transaction activity with the EICP Initiative.

This information is used primarily to determine an individual's entitlement to the EICP Initiative. In addition, this information may be used to:

  • Enable individuals to tailor the presentation of our services to better meet their needs (e.g., a customized home page, selected distribution of our research reports).

  • Inform individuals about EICP Initiative products and services that we believe may be of interest to them.

  • Better understand an individual's interests in our products and services.

  • Develop, enhance or improve products and services.

  • Share delegate or participant information amongst conference and network participants.

The EICP Initiative routinely collects anonymous, non-personal information through our Web servers. This is information that is not associated with or traced back to a specific individual. Gathered electronically, this information includes the type of Web browser used, the level of encryption a browser supports and the Internet Protocol address. This information may be used for research and analytical purposes, to examine how the Web site is being used and to determine how it can be improved.

The EICP Initiative also uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your computer when you access a Web site. There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is stored temporarily in your computer's memory. A session cookie is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is a more permanent line of text that gets saved to your hard drive.

We use session cookies on the EICP Initiative Web site, to allow you to gain access to a document you requested prior to being signed in. Persistent cookies are used to store your encrypted user ID and password, so that you won't have to type it in each time that you access e-Library. A persistent cookie is only set if you click on �Remember my sign-in information.�


An individual's knowledge and consent are required before the EICP Initiative is allowed to collect, use or disclose his or her personal information, except where inappropriate. Where possible, the EICP Initiative will obtain consent directly from the individual concerned at the time of collection. After having provided consent, an individual has the right to withdraw consent at any time by providing reasonable notice to the EICP Initiative's Chief Privacy Officer.

By subscribing to our reports and services, registering for a seminar, presentation or access to our on-line information services, using other EICP Initiative member services, or otherwise indicating approval, individuals consent to the collection and use of their personal information for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy.

The EICP Initiative will not require you to consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information beyond that required to provide our products or services to you. If you wish to withdraw your consent or to opt out of the uses or disclosures of your information for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy, you may do so by contacting our Chief Privacy Officer. If your request requires that we delete your registration information, we will no longer be able to provide you with the services or products for which you have subscribed. Cancellation will be subject to the terms and conditions of the subscription or services provided, as applicable.

In limited circumstances, the EICP Initiative may use or disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual, for example, for purposes of debt collection, breaches of agreements, as required by governmental bodies acting with authority, or as authorized or required by applicable legislation.

Limiting Collection

The EICP Initiative collects only the information that is necessary for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention

The EICP Initiative does not use personal information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with an individual's consent or as required by law. Once personal information is no longer required to fulfill the identified purposes or other legal requirements, it will be destroyed, deleted or made anonymous.

The EICP Initiative sometimes uses the services of external firms to assist us in communicating with individuals (e.g., surveys and mail distribution) or as a means of providing more effective and efficient services to these individuals (e.g., technology support). Our external suppliers are contractually obligated to keep the information confidential, to use the information only for the purpose requested and to destroy the information when it is no longer required.

Customer information is shared with external service providers only to the extent required for the provision of such services. Furthermore, the EICP Initiative does not sell personal information to a third-party organization. In certain circumstances, we allow basic contact information to be shared amongst members. Examples of this include providing delegate lists for conferences to other participants or sharing contact information amongst members of our executive networks, to facilitate ongoing communication.

Personal information is retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of the purposes stated in this policy.

Accuracy of Personal Information

Personal information is kept as accurate, complete and up to date as necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. Individuals are encouraged to provide updates to their personal information as changes occur, to enable us to continue to provide services to them.

The personal information of customers can be reviewed and modified either directly on-line or by contacting our Web site administrator.

Glen Roberts
EICP Initiative c/o The Conference Board of Canada
255 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M7
[email protected]

Safeguarding Personal Information

Personal information, whatever its form, will be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. The safeguards will protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. The measures of protection include:
  • physical measures, for example, locking filing cabinets and restricted access to offices;

  • organizational measures, for example, security passes and limiting access to the personal information on a �need-to-know� basis;

  • technological measures, for example, the use of passwords and encryption; and

  • procedural measures, for example, the shredding of sensitive personal information.


The EICP Initiative is committed to being open about its policies and practices with respect to the handling of personal information. Our Privacy Policy is available through our home page and e-Library Web sites. If a hard copy or additional information is required, requests for such information may be made to the Chief Privacy Officer.

Access to Personal Information

Individuals may request a copy of their personal information held at the EICP Initiative by submitting a written request to the Chief Privacy Officer at the address above. Acceptable proof of identification is required before such information is given out. If you feel the information we have about you is inaccurate, you may request that it be reviewed and, if inaccurate, changed, by contacting the Chief Privacy Officer.

Challenging Compliance

An individual can challenge compliance with the above policy by providing written details of the challenge to the Chief Privacy Officer.

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