On June 13, 2005, the Mandatory Gunshot Wounds Reporting Act, 2005 became law in Ontario. Previously, under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, gunshot wounds were not reportable to the police unless the circumstances were such that the healthcare provider believed on reasonable grounds that it was "necessary for the purpose of eliminating or reducing a significant risk of serious bodily harm to a person or group of persons". Now, after public discussion and debate in the legislature, the law requires hospitals and such other facilities as may be designated to report that treatment is being provided to a patient with a gunshot wound.

type Hospital Law Bulletin - August 2005 - Mandatory Gunshot Wounds Reporting Act, 2005 (Ontario)