Privacy Policy

The Health Quality Council (HQC) is an independent agency that measures and reports on quality of care in Saskatchewan, promotes improvement, and engages its partners in building a better health system. The Change Day website is a provincial resource that contains information provided by the Health Quality Council and individuals who contribute content to the site through pledges.

HQC’s operations, including this website and our collection, use, disclosure and retention of information, must comply with the provisions of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. HQC is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by individuals or their use of the information on the website.

Users of the Change Day website may be asked to voluntarily provide personal information through the completion of electronic forms on the website. This information is collected and maintained in compliance with the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information collected is used only for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, and HQC does not disclose this information to other organizations or individuals, except as authorized by law.

Links to third party sites

All links to other websites within the HQC website are provided as potential references that may be of interest to you. The HQC does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, appropriateness, or security of the information contained within these sites or additional links contained within these sites. The HQC does not endorse the viewpoints expressed on these sites. Please refer to the terms of use and privacy policy for each website.

Information provided voluntarily

Any personal information that you voluntarily provide through the completion of electronic forms on our website is collected and maintained in compliance with the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information collected is used only for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, and the HQC does not disclose this information to other organizations or individuals, except as authorized by law.

By uploading or posting any materials and content, you agree to grant, and grant, the HQC a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free licence to:
● reproduce and modify, in any manner or form and for any purpose, such materials and content; and,
● issue copies of, and communicate and distribute, such materials and content, whether to the public or otherwise

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that they have appropriate authorization to publish material on the site. Do not post data that would identify patients.

We reserve the right to not accept contributions. We decide how and where on the site material is posted. We reserve the right to decline to post or to withdraw material which in our view is libellous, offensive, malicious, inaccurate, misleading, unhelpful or of poor quality. We will also exclude material which in our view has been submitted for the purpose of furthering private or commercial interests where these are contrary to or in conflict with the culture and ethos of the Health Quality Council.

Change Day Website

When users visit the Change Day website, the server will automatically collect and retain a limited amount of information essential to the efficient operation of the site. These web log files help us determine the areas of our website that are being viewed the most and provide us with statistical reports that are used to help us improve our site. Information about a site user is collected and may include, but not be limited to include:
•    Internet Protocol (IP) address and hostname of your computer
•    The type of browser used (e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator)
•    Computer’s operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP Pro)
•    Referral Site (the site you came from when you entered our site)
•    The date and time of your visit
•    Requested filenames, query string and bytes sent for the request
•    Request protocol (e.g. HTTP, HTTPS), request method (E.g. POST, GET)
•    Requested server port
•    Status of your request

HQC uses Google Analytics to gather statistics on its website and related applications. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google’s website at http://www.google.com/analytics/

Employees’ Responsibilities

The employees of the HQC are responsible for maintaining the confidentially of all personal and personal health information to which they have access. As a condition of employment all employees, on an annual basis, are required to sign a confidentially agreement binding them to this responsibility.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy policies and procedures at the HQC, please contact our office at (306) 668-8810 or by email (info@hqc.sk.ca).