Medecindefamille.ca (“Medecin de famille”, “Medecindefamille”, “we” or “our”) is committed to protecting your privacy and safeguarding your personal information. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you about our privacy practices and the protection of your personal information, including how we collect, use and disclose your personal information.

This privacy policy applies to our website (medecindefamille.ca; the “Site”) and all of our activities, unless we have provided you with a separate privacy policy for a particular product, service or activity. If you agree to receive medical services from a physician affiliated with Medecindefamille.ca, the medical information collected in connection with those services will be governed by a separate consent form, and not by this Privacy Policy.

Please read this privacy policy carefully. By submitting your personal information to us, registering or using any of the services we offer (other than medical services), using our Site or voluntarily interacting with us, you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy, as revised from time to time. Our Privacy Policy sets out our standards for collecting, using, disclosing and storing your personal information.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to our other applicable terms and conditions, such as our Site Terms of Use. In this Privacy Policy, terms beginning with a capital letter, but not defined, have the meanings given to them in the terms above.

What does this privacy policy contain?

Your Consent to Collection, Use and Disclosure
The personal information we collect How do we use your personal information?
How do we share your personal information?
Unsubscribe from communications
Retention of personal information
Information security
Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information
International transfer and storage of information
Third Party Websites and Services
Information for children
Updates
Contact us

Your Consent to Collection, Use and Disclosure

We collect, use and disclose your personal information with your consent or as permitted or required by law. How we obtain your consent (i.e. the form we use) depends on the circumstances, as well as the sensitivity of the information collected. Subject to applicable law, your consent may be express or implied, depending on the circumstances and the sensitivity of the personal information in question. If you choose to provide us with personal information, we assume that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Generally, we will ask for your consent when collecting your personal information. When we wish to use your personal information for a purpose that was not previously indicated to you at the time of collection, we will ask for your consent before using this information for this new purpose.

You may at any time withdraw your consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by contacting us using the contact details set out in the “Contact Us” section below.
However, before implementing the withdrawal of your consent, we may require proof of your identity. In some cases, withdrawing your consent may mean that we will no longer be able to provide certain products or services.

If you provide us with personal information about another individual, it is your responsibility to obtain that individual’s consent to allow us to collect, use and disclose their information as described in this Privacy Policy.

The personal information we collect

The personal information we collect generally falls into one or more of the following categories :

How do we use your personal information?

We may use your personal information and other information to:

We may use your personal information and other information for purposes for which we have obtained your consent, and for other purposes that may be permitted or required by applicable law.\

We do not use the information we collect to advertise third party products and services or targeted advertising for Medecindefamille.ca products and services on third party websites or service offerings.

How do we share your personal information?

We may provide your information to our service providers. In this case, we take steps to ensure that the rules set out in this Privacy Policy are followed and require service providers to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information and ensure the security of your personal information. We also require that they only use your personal information for the purposes for which it was provided. When our service providers no longer need your personal information for these limited purposes, we require them to destroy it. In certain circumstances, we may allow our service providers to retain aggregated, anonymous or statistical information that does not identify you. We do not authorize service providers to disclose your personal information to unauthorized parties or to use your personal information for direct marketing purposes. If you would like more information about our service providers, please contact us using the contact details set out in the “Contact Us” section below.

Below is a list of our third party service providers who may process your personal information (with links to their privacy policy) :

Additionally, we may use and disclose your personal information when we believe such use or disclosure is permitted, necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities, including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce the terms of agreements relating to our products and services; (e) to protect our business or that of our affiliates or subsidiaries; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain. Additionally, we may transfer your personal information and other information to a third party in the event of a reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or a portion of our business, brands, affiliates, subsidiaries, or other assets.

If we intend to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will identify that third party and the reason for the disclosure, and obtain your consent.

Unsubscribe from communications

If you no longer wish to receive future marketing emails from us, you may opt out of receiving marketing emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email you receive from us, or, if you created an online account when you signed up to receive our emails, you can sign in to your account and change your communication preferences. You can also unsubscribe by contacting us directly using the contact details in the “Contact Us” section below.

We will do everything we can to respond promptly to your unsubscribe request, but we ask that you please allow us a reasonable time to process your request. Please note that if you opt out of receiving marketing emails, we may send you communications about your use of our products or services.

Retention of personal information

We will only use, disclose or retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which that personal information was collected and as permitted or required by law. If you would like further information about the periods for which your personal information will be retained, please contact us using the contact details set out in the “Contact Us” section below.

Information security

We have implemented physical, organizational, contractual and technological security measures to protect your personal information and other information against loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. We have taken steps to ensure that the only staff authorized to access your personal information are those who have a “need to know” or whose duties reasonably require access to such information.

Despite the measures described above, no method of transmitting or storing information is 100% secure or error-free, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee absolute security. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you believe that the security of any information you have provided to us has been compromised), please contact us immediately using the contact details in the “Contact Us”section below.

Rights in relation to your personal information

We will take the necessary steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. We will not routinely update your personal information unless such a process is necessary. We expect you to provide us, from time to time, with updates to your personal information, when necessary.

You may request in writing to see what Personal Information we collect, use or disclose about you, and we will provide such Personal Information to you to the extent required by law. You may also challenge the accuracy or completeness of personal information about you in our records. If you successfully demonstrate that your personal information in our records is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend the personal information as required.

In addition, in certain circumstances, you have the following rights:

We may require that you provide sufficient identification to respond to your request to exercise your rights. These credentials will only be used for this purpose.

International and Interprovincial Transfer and Storage of Information

Your personal information is currently stored in Canada. Where applicable, it may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or where we use third party service providers. In the latter case, your personal information may be transferred to countries other than your country of residence, which may have different privacy rules than your country. If such information is located outside of your country of residence, it is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located and may be disclosed to governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies in that other country and in accordance with the laws of that other country. However, our practices regarding your personal information will at all times be governed by this Privacy Policy and
applicable laws.

Third Party Websites and Services

This Privacy Policy applies only to our products and services. It does not extend to websites or products or services provided by third parties. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties and encourage you to review such third parties’ privacy policies before using their websites or products or services.

Information for children

Our products and services are not intended for minors and we do not knowingly collect personal information from minors. If you are a minor under the laws applicable to your place of residence, please do not provide us with any personal information without the express consent of a parent or guardian.

If you are a parent or guardian and know that your children have provided us with personal information, please contact us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from minor children without verification of parental consent, we will take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Updates

Medecindefamille.ca reserves the right to modify the privacy policy at any time by notifying the Internet user of the existence of new conditions of use and privacy policy. Said changes, modifications, additions or repeals take effect upon issuance of the notice which may be communicated by posting it on the Site or by any other means of transmission. Continued use of the Site after such notice will constitute: (a) acknowledgment of the new amended Terms of Service and Privacy Policy; and (b) agreeing to be bound by and abide by them.

Contact us

For any questions related to Medecindefamille.ca’s privacy policy or privacy practices, please contact us info@medecindefamille.ca.

Last update: January 2024