Ethics & Discernment
Ethics & Discernment


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 & Discernment 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 & Discernment 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.



When do I call Ethics?

Are you struggling to decide whether the case on your hands requires the attention of the Ethics & Discernment Centre? Access the "When do I call Ethics" document to help you make a decision.



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.

Use the attached self-care planning tool to create a lifestyle that supports personal well being.

Access the video on 'Building A Moral Distress Plan' presented by Dr. Eleanor Stewart here

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

  • Register for the Ethics Conference November 9, 2023
  • Our July 2023 newsletter is now available. Click here to join the Ethics Centre mailing list.
  • Click here to view our 2021-22 Annual Report (Summary of Activities).
  • Join our Ethics Book Club on following days:
    • The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue (September 27, 2023, at noon) 
    • Saving Time: Discovering a life beyond the clock by Jenny Odell (October 31, 2023, at noon)
    • The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence (November 29, 2023, at noon)
  • Covenant Health reports annually to the Public Interest Commissioner on any disclosures of wrongdoing brought forward to our designated officer. Access the 2021 public interest disclosure report here
  • Covenant Health named one of the 2023 World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere® Institute. Read more about this honour