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Public health emergency
Meetings with the public
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) will not have face-to-face meetings with the public due to the public health emergency.
Meetings with represented adults
For emergencies only, the OPGT will meet face-to-face with OPGT-represented adults.
Other ways to contact us
Phone an OPGT office near you and ask about meeting by:
What we do
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) assists people with a variety of services:
- makes personal decisions for adults who are not able to do so – through guardianship (if no one else is available) – that are related to:
- health care
- where to live
- who to associate with
- participation in social activities
- participation in educational, vocational and other training
- legal proceedings
- makes one-time decisions for adults – when they are not able to do so and no other family member is available – that are related to:
- temporary placement at a healthcare facility
- discharge from a healthcare facility
- provides information to people about supported decision-making when they need assistance to either:
- access their information
- understand the information they are receiving
- protects the assets of minors where either:
- it is required by law
- a minor is a beneficiary but no trustee has been named
- makes financial decisions for adults – when they are not able to do so and no one else is available – through trusteeship
- helps manage – through the voluntary Informal Benefits Administration Program – the funds people receive from the:
- Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Program
- Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefit
- administers estates if no one else is able to do so and there is a beneficiary who is a:
- represented adult
Capacity assessment information and court applications
- trains capacity assessors and provides them with support when they are preparing capacity assessments
- reviews applications – for completeness before they are submitted to court – that are related to:
- investigates written complaints about decision-makers that meet investigation criteria, including that the decision-makers must be:
- court-appointed guardians and trustees
- agents appointed under personal directives
- provides information to people about planning for their future – in case they lose capacity due to injury or illness – using a personal directive
- maintains a registry of contact information for agents of personal directives
- maintains a registry for international wills
- Annual report – Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
- Business plan – Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
- Decision-making options: Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act
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