Ethics Centre
Ethics Centre


Ethics Touches Everyone

From the bedside to the boardroom, whether you are deciding how to respond to a medical emergency, how to distribute resources fairly, or how to maintain integrity when faced with challenges.

The Covenant Health Ethics Centre is a hub for ethics practitioners and laypeople alike, engaged in Catholic healthcare and business conversations around:

  • professional ethics
  • clinical ethics
  • business ethics
  • research ethics

The Covenant Health Ethics Centre is your one-stop source to develop and implement excellent ethical standards and practices, providing learning and education support, plus the professional resources and tools.




Visit our Current Issues page for information on:

  • Moral Distress
  • What Did I Sign Up For?
  • Resource links


Moral Distress Support

Moral distress is a growing concern for health care professionals and organizations during COVID-19. It is a harm that we can’t see that arises when care providers feel trapped in a compromise that undermines their sense of ethical integrity.

If you would like support in you or your team’s experience of moral distress, please contact us



Key Resources

Our Commitment to Ethical Integrity is the Covenant Health code of conduct. It has been developed in tandem with a policy established by our Board of Directors to support a statement on organizational conduct that applies to the entire Covenant Health team—Board members, staff, physicians and volunteers.

The Health Ethics Guide is a foundational resource used by Covenant Health.  Hard copies are available to Covenant Health staff, contact us to request one.

Click here to view all our resources and publications.


Click here to subscribe to our monthly ethics newsletter


Latest News

  • Covenant Health Ethics Centre announces its first Virtual Ethics Conference taking place March 22-25, 2021. Read more about the conference
  • COVID-19 has evoked many personal and professional questions, and required some difficult decisions in the work we do in health care. To this end, we are launching a new weekly series, written by Dr. Gordon Self, Chief Mission and Ethics Officer, entitled, “What Did I Sign up For?”. 

  • Our February 2021 newsletter is now available. Click here to join the Ethics Centre mailing list.

  • Covenant Health named one of the 2021 World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere® Institute. Read more about this honour.

  • As you may know, Dr. Hazel Markwell has been developing a Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics through St. Paul University. The program has received approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance. While the University waits for funding approval from the Province of Ontario, Dr, Markwell is asking for expressions of interest tin the program (attached).  If you are interested, please get in touch with her by email.

  • Click here to view our 2019-20 Annual Report (Summary of Activities).