Mandatory testing and disclosure

If you believe you were exposed to a communicable disease infection through contact with another person, you can request testing.

Mandatory Testing and Disclosure Act

The Mandatory Testing and Disclosure Act (MTDA) provides a way for certain individuals exposed to the risk of communicable disease infection through contact with another person to force that person to provide a bodily substance for testing, if such information cannot reasonably be obtained in any other manner.

MTDA overview

Who may apply

You may apply to the Provincial Court – Family and Youth for a testing order if you have come into contact with a bodily substance of a source individual:

  • while providing emergency assistance to someone who is ill, injured or unconscious as a result of an accident or other emergency
  • while performing duties as a firefighter, paramedic or peace officer

If you are unable to apply yourself, applications may be made by someone else on your behalf if you meet the above criteria.

How to apply for testing

  • Within 30 days of the exposure, an exposed individual or someone acting on that individual’s behalf may apply to the Provincial Court – Family and Youth.
  • Applicants must complete the Application for Testing Order (Form 1 of the Mandatory Testing and Disclosure Regulation)
  • Their physician must complete the Physician's Report (Form 2 of the Regulation),
  • The applicant must file these documents with the Provincial Court – Family and Youth within 30 days of the exposure.
  • A court date will be set.

The Application for Testing Order and Physician's Report must be served personally to the source individual or sent by registered mail to the last known address of the person being served not less than 7 days before the application is to be heard by the Provincial Court – Family and Youth.

If the source individual is a minor (under 18 years old), dependent adult, or is deceased, the documents must be served as follows:

  • Minor – Serve the source individual’s parent(s) or guardian(s) and, if the source individual is 14 years of age or older, serve the source individual.
  • Dependent adult – Serve the source individual and the guardian of the source individual
  • Deceased – Serve the next of kin of the source individual or to the executor or administrator of the estate of the source individual, if any.

A judge of the Provincial Court – Family and Youth may consider waiving or changing the above requirements if in the circumstances of the case, giving 7 days notice is impossible or impractical.

Physician’s report

The Physician’s Report provides the Court with a physician’s assessment of:

  • the risk to the health of the applicant resulting from the applicant’s contact with a bodily substance of the source individual
  • the need for a testing order to treat or manage the health of the applicant

The report will assist the Court in determining if a testing order is required and what should be included in the testing order. The original signed copy must be provided to the Court.

MTDA decision process

A judge of the Provincial Court – Family and Youth will consider the application and may make a testing order.

If a testing order is made, the applicant must submit the Testing Order and Physician’s Report to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) will then provide a copy of these documents together with the results of any database search ordered by the Court to the Medical Officer of Health for the health region where the source individual resides.

The regional Medical Officer (MOH) of Health will then designate a health professional and analyst to take and test a sample, and will serve notice to the source individual with directions on how to comply with the order.

Once the testing and analysis is completed, the MOH will provide a copy of the results to the applicant’s physician and the source individual’s physician.

MTDA process and forms

1. Applicant

2. Physician

3. Applicant

  • Submit Application and Physician's Report PDF icon to the Provincial Court.
  • Serve notice to source not less than 7 days before the application is to be heard in Court.

4. Court

  • Provincial Court Judge makes decision to grant or deny Testing Order.
  • Court of Queen’s Bench hears appeals.

5. Applicant

  • Serve a copy of Testing Order to the CMOH.
  • Provide a copy of the Physician Report to the CMOH.
  • Read Service of Testing Order PDF icon.

6. CMOH and MOH

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