Privacy policy

Part of University Health Network (UHN), UHN Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.  

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UHN Foundation is the newly formed entity of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and Toronto Rehab Foundation, which amalgamated in April 2021. 

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Guiding Principle 

UHN Foundation (the “Foundation”) is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its constituents (employees, donors and other stakeholders). The Foundation has taken the necessary actions to ensure that information in any format (paper or electronic) is protected so that the relationship of trust between the constituent and the Foundation is upheld. The Foundation recognizes, and adheres to, the UHN Corporate Privacy Policy

The UHN Foundation Privacy Policy serves to outline the rules for the collection, use, disclosure and retention of personal information. The Policy is based on ten (10) internationally recognized privacy principles. 

1. Accountability for Personal Information. 

The Foundation has a Privacy Officer who is accountable for the Foundation’s overall compliance with its Privacy Policy and acts as the primary contact person on information privacy and security matters. The Privacy Officer reports to the Chief Operating Officer of The Foundation and can be reached at: Amy Wilkinson, 416-603-5855, or [email protected].  

The Privacy Officer has established a cross-departmental Privacy Committee that meets on an ongoing basis to discuss privacy issues as they occur. The Privacy Officer will conduct privacy audits and privacy training on a regular basis to ensure that practices conform to the Foundation’s Privacy Policy. A Privacy Impact Assessment is required for the creation of new personal information systems and for significant changes to existing information systems at the Foundation to identify potential risks for privacy. 

Agreements, such as the data sharing agreement, between the Foundation and University Health Network will be used to articulate mutual accountabilities. The Foundation will notify individuals impacted by a breach where there is a real risk of significant harm. 

2. Identifying Purposes for the Collection of Personal Information. 

When the Foundation collects personal information directly from its constituents, the Foundation will identify the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time of collection. These purposes include: donor recruitment, that which is necessary for the administration of a donor’s interests and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. 

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We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of visitors to our site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we, nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.  

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3. Obtaining Consent for the Collection, Use or Disclosure of Personal Information. 

The knowledge and consent of a person is required for the direct collection, use or disclosure of personal information except where mandated by law. 

4. Limiting Collection of Personal Information. 

The Foundation will limit the collection of personal information to that which is necessary for the purposes identified. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means. The Foundation does not collect any personal health information, other than that which is volunteered directly by the constituent. 

The Foundation will be in compliance to Personal Health and Information Protection Act (PHIPA) legislation in respect to the Foundation’s handling of personal health information. An overview of PHIPA can be found at 

5. Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention of Personal Information. 

Personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the person or as required by law. Personal information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. The Foundation does not trade, rent or sell any personal information to third parties. The Foundation’s web page contains online forms that allow visitors to make a donation. The personal and credit card information provided on these forms is used only to process these donations. Online donations to the Foundation are processed through a third party. The security and privacy policies of this third party are available 

6. Ensuring Accuracy of Personal Information. 

The Foundation ensures personal information is accurate, complete and as up-to-date as necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. To change or modify any personal information previously provided to the Foundation, write to the Privacy Officer at: Amy Wilkinson, UHN Foundation, R. Fraser Elliott Building, 5th Floor 5S-801, 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4 or send an email to [email protected].  

7. Ensuring Safeguards for Personal Information. 

Personal information is protected with security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. All Foundation employees and directors must sign a Confidentiality Agreement. In addition, all independent contractors or vendors, that have a working relationship with the Foundation’s proprietary database, must sign a Confidentiality Agreement. 

8. Openness Concerning Policies and Practices. 

A print version of the Foundation’s Privacy Policy can be requested from the Privacy Officer Amy Wilkinson, 416-603-5855, or by email at [email protected]

9. Access to Personal Information. 

Upon request, a person will be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of personal information of the person and shall be given access to that information. A person can challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate. 

10. Challenging Compliance. 

A challenge concerning compliance with the above principles should be made to the Privacy Officer at: Amy Wilkinson, 416-603-5855, or by email at [email protected]

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