Terms and conditions

Last update: April 2020

All services and all information (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Service”) provided to the user by the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) and accessible from this website at the address “http://www.mhifoundation.org” (hereinafter referred to as “this site”) are subject to the following terms and conditions. By accessing and using this site, you agree to comply with these terms and conditions. The MHIF reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time and without prior notice. 

1. Description of the Service

The MHIF provides its users with a range of on-line services, such as information and communication tools. Except when specifically expressed otherwise, any new feature that improves or enhances one or multiple existing services or any new service launched by the MHIF will be subject to these terms and conditions of use. The fees required to use the Service, meaning the Internet connection fees or systems that provide access to Internet content, are at your own expense. Furthermore, it is your responsibility to obtain all necessary equipment for this connection.

2. Protection of personal information

The MHIF strives to respect your safety and privacy, particularly the personal information that you provide to us, if applicable, as you use the Service. Please consult the Privacy Statement for this site to learn about the MHIF’s privacy practices.

3. Disclaimer regarding the content of this site

All content on this site is made available to you for information and education purposes only. The information published on this site is not meant to be used to make any decisions or conduct any transactions in any way whatsoever.

The use of the Service in no way replaces consultations with the appropriate professional. At all times, the MHIF recommends that you directly contact a professional who is qualified to answer any individual question, particularly of a medical, financial or legal nature.

You are solely responsible for any decisions or transactions based on the information presented on this site, and in no way can the MHIF be held responsible for these decisions and transactions or for any resulting direct or indirect losses or damage.

Under no circumstances can the MHIF, its directors or its officers warrant that the information on this site is accurate or complete, nor can they endorse the opinions that may be presented on the site. As a result, the MHIF is not responsible for the actions resulting from the use of this information by doctors or other individuals.

4. Disclaimer regarding health issues

No content posted on this site is meant to be used to make any medical decision whatsoever (diagnosis, treatment, etc.). Under no circumstances may the use of the Service replace consultation with a doctor or any other health care professional. As a result, the MHIF cannot be held responsible at any time for any decisions based on this information.

5. Reliability of information

The health information as well as the services offered by the MHIF through this site are provided to you for information purposes only. This information comes from different sources and is frequently updated. Accordingly, despite all efforts to publish information that is as recent as possible, at no time can the MHIF, its directors, employees or legal representatives be held responsible for the content or accuracy of the communicated information or for any consequences resulting from the inaccuracy of this information or any damages incurred from the use of this information.

6. Links to other websites

This site may provide or third parties may include links to other websites or other Internet sources. Given that the MHIF cannot control these sites or these external sources, the MHIF cannot be held responsible for the availability of these sites and external sources and cannot accept any responsibility for the content, links, advertisements, products, services or any other material available on or from these sites or external sources. The MHIF cannot be held responsible for any incurred or alleged damage or losses resulting from or in relation to the use of or reliance on the content, products or services available from these sites or external sources. As a result, it is your responsibility to exercise discretion when using this content and for assuming all inherent risks, particularly when you rely on the timeliness, usefulness or completeness of the content of such sites or external sources referred to by the Service. Links to software download sites are only provided for your convenience, and the MHIF cannot be held responsible for any difficulty arising from the download of such software.

7. Use and storage

The MHIF may establish general rules and limits regarding the use of the Service. This may include, without limitation, determining the maximum number of days of access inactivity and the maximum number of times that you may access the Service during a given period (as well as the maximum duration of each access session).

8. Modification or interruption of service

At all times, the MHIF reserves the right to modify or temporarily or permanently interrupt all or part of the Service and this site without providing you with prior notice. At no time can the MHIF be held responsible to you or to any third party for any modification, shutdown or interruption of this site or the services offered.

9. MHIF and intellectual property

All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs and images appearing on this site are protected under copyright laws. Users of this site are authorized to copy this content for their personal use, but no one shall have the right to redistribute, reproduce, republish, save in any format, retransmit or modify the information that it contains for commercial use without first receiving authorization from the MHIF or shall make use of them publicly without citing the source.

This site and any software and applications that are required in relation to the Service, (hereinafter referred to as “Software and Applications”) may contain confidential information that is protected by existing intellectual property laws or any other legislation. The content included in advertising, the information presented to you on this site, or information provided by merchants within the site are protected by copyright, trademarks, patent law, or any other right recognized by the legislation in effect. Unless expressly authorized by the MHIF or by the merchant, it is therefore prohibited to:

  • copy, alter, rent, borrow, sell, distribute or create derivative works based in whole or in part on the Service and this site or Software and Applications; 
  • reverse engineer or disassemble or otherwise attempt to locate the source code (except as provided for by law) or to sell, assign, sub-license or transfer in any way the rights attached to the Software and Applications; 
  • modify the content or the Software and Applications in any way or use modified versions of Software and Applications in order to gain unauthorized access to the Service or for other purposes but not limited to this; 
  • access the site by any means other than the interface provided to you by the MHIF for this purpose.

10. Warranties

This site and the Service are provided to you and are accessible to you based on their availability. The MHIF makes no warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties as to the quality of the Service or its fitness for a particular purpose, or as to the non-infringement of the Service’s Terms of Use by users.
The MHIF does not warrant that:

  • the Service will operate without interruption or error or in a secure and timely manner; 
  • the quality of any product, service, information or other materials purchased or obtained by you in connection with the Service will meet your expectations; 
  • defects in the Software and Applications, if any, will be rectified.

You alone will be responsible for any damage sustained by your computer or any loss of data that may result when downloading material.

No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the MHIF or in the course of using the Service may be construed as creating any warranty not expressly stipulated in the site’s Terms of Use.

11. Limitation of liability

To the fullest extent possible pursuant to applicable law, the MHIF will in no way be liable for any direct or indirect damage, including without limitation the loss of profits, customers or data, or other loss of intangible assets, even if the MHIF has been advised about the possibility of such damage, that may arise:

  • from the use or inability to use the Service; 
  • following unauthorized access to the Service by a user or following a change in your transmissions or your database; 
  • from the actions or conduct of a third party in the course of using the Service.

12. Legislative jurisdiction in the event of a dispute

This agreement is governed by the laws of Quebec and must be considered as a contract without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.

Any dispute or any claim related to this site will be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the appropriate Courts of the province of Quebec, in the judicial district of Montréal.

13. Miscellaneous

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the MHIF and you with regard to the use of this site and the Service. Any failure by the MHIF to demand the strict observance of these terms and conditions or to ensure this observance in no way constitutes a waiver of its rights. Should any provision of these Terms of Use be judged to be null, void or invalid by the decision of a court, all other provisions will remain in effect and continue to apply. The section titles in the Terms of Use are provided for information purposes only. 

If you have any questions:
Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
4100 Molson Street, Suite 340
Montreal (Quebec)  H1Y 3N1
Telephone: 514 593-2525
Toll Free: 1 877 518-2525
ficmdon@icm-mhi.org