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ActivityOP6900 Student Wellness Services
Records Series31 - Student Patient Files
DescriptionRecords documenting files of student patients who use health services, counselling services and psychiatric services, including data in Electronic Medical Records systems.
Retention TriggerLast activity recorded on file or a patient became or would become 18 years old, whichever occurred last.
Total Retention (years)15
Final ActionD
Disposition Plan
Retention Rationale

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Medical Records Management Policy states that physicians must ensure medical records are retained for a minimum of the following time periods:

Adult patients: 10 years from the date of the last entry in the record.
Patients who are children: 10 years after the day on which the patient reached or would have reached 18 years of age.

Furthermore, s. 15(2) of the Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24, Sched. B allows for some legal proceedings to be brought forward 15 years after the act or omission on which the claim is based took place and thus physicians may wish to retain records for longer than the 10 year requirement.

Vital Records

This schedule applies to official records in all media. Convenience or duplicate copies of official records are considered transitory and should not be kept longer than necessary, and in no event longer than the official copy.


  • AR = Transfer to Archives
  • AY = End of Academic Year
  • CY = End of Calendar Year
  • D = Destroy / Delete
  • DP = Special Disposition Plan
  • FY = End of Fiscal Year
  • OPR = Office of Primary Responsibility
  • PIB = Personal Information Bank

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