Christine Elliott, former Minister of Health and Deputy Premier of Ontario, is an associate in Fasken’s Health Law Group in our Toronto office. With over 15 years of experience in public service, she is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate existing and emerging complexities in healthcare.
During her tenure as Ontario’s Minister of Health from 2018 to 2022, Christine played a critical role in overseeing the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role, she also sponsored The People’s Health Care Act and promulgated the Connection Care Act. The Connection Care Act created Ontario Health, a Crown agency that merged the 14 Local Health Integration Networks and other organizations, including Cancer Care Ontario, Gift of Life Network, eHealth Ontario and HealthForce Ontario to facilitate Integrated Care Delivery Systems, also known as Local Ontario Health Teams. . Christine also served as Deputy Premier of Ontario (2018-2022) and Ontario’s first Patient Ombudsman (2016-2018).
Christine, along with her husband James Flaherty (Jim) was a founding partner of Flaherty, Dow, Elliott & McCarthy. Later, Christine and Jim co-founded Abilities Center in Whitby, Ontario, which supports and celebrates everyone’s abilities and is a place where everyone belongs, regardless of their challenges. In addition, she has held various board positions in the health care sector since becoming involved as a volunteer with several charities including the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation, the Durham Mental Health Services and the Grandview Children’s Centre.
Christine graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980.