Last Updated: October 22, 2020

Your Substitute Decision Maker is the person (or persons) who will make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so. Here are some things to consider when choosing a Substitute Decision Maker:

  • Do I trust this person to make health care decisions that reflect my wishes?
  • Can they communicate clearly with my health team?
  • Can they make difficult decisions during stressful times?
  • Is this person willing and available to speak for me if I couldn’t speak for myself?

Legal requirements regarding the appointment of a Substitute Decision Maker vary across the country. Some provinces require you to complete certain legal forms.