Updated September 2021
The Living Well, Planning Well toolkit for the general public has been updated to reflect changes in legal terminology and provincial legislation.
Advance Care Planning in Canada and the BC Centre for Palliative Care developed the complementary resource Living Well, Planning Well: An Advance Care Planning Resource for Accessing Your Rights for the general public.
This resource provides plain language summaries of the processes of health care consent, capacity, ACP, and substitute decision-making in Canada.
It begins with an overview of the national legal norms around ACP, followed by short infographic summaries of the legal requirements for each province and territory (except for Nunavut, which does not have ACP legislation).
It is relevant for anyone who is unfamiliar with their laws, may have moved recently to a new province/territory, or is concerned about having their ACP and SDM rights respected.
A national Advisory Committee of legal professionals, health care providers, and patient and caregiver representatives supported its development. Funding for this resource was provided by the Canadian Bar Association’s Law for the Future Fund grant program.