Welcome to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
A Collaboratory in Bioethics Research, Education, Practice and Public Engagement


The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice.


Our mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement.


World Health Organization

The JCB is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. The JCB received its designation in 2002, when it became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics (WHO-CC). In 2009, it co-founded and was inaugural chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres web link for Bioethics, which comprises 6 WHO-CCs in 4 WHO regions.


Current News:


JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health Accepting Applications Now for October 2020

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, in partnership with AMS Healthcare, is seeking applications for the JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health. > Continue reading



Live Updates on COVID-19 from DLSPH

We continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and are working in partnership with the Provost’s Office on a coordinated response for students, faculty and staff. > Continue reading



COVID-19 Bioethics Resources

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics has compiled a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resource page that includes information on previous public health emergencies, resources for COVID-19 preparedness planning and response, and information and updates from Canadian governing bodies and the World Health Organization. > Continue reading



Medical Assistance in Dying is Not Driven by Socioeconomic Vulnerability or Poor Access to Palliative Care

A new study of people who received medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Ontario found that about three quarters were followed by palliative care at the time of their request for MAiD, and recipients were younger, wealthier, more likely to be married and substantially less likely to live in an institution than the general population at time of death. > Continue reading



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