In 1982 the Sisters of St. Joseph established a Clinical Ethics Service which is jointly sponsored by Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph's Health Centre and St. Michael's Hospital, three Catholic institutions which serve the Toronto area. The first ethics service of its kind in Canada, this service has grown over the years and today is known as the Centre for Clinical Ethics.
The mission of the Centre for Clinical Ethics is to enable members of the health care community to identify and resolve ethical issues which arise in the clinical setting. We do this through education, case consultations, policy development, and research. As a faith based Centre we are committed to the core values of our three supporting institutions and to broadening the understanding of the role that faith plays in the questions which confront people in their search for healing.