25 Common Misconceptions About the Substitute Decisions Act and Health Care Consent Act

This paper focuses on common misconceptions or misunderstandings about the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA) and the Health Care Consent Act (HCCA).All of these misconceptions have been raised by health professionals, community workers, and seniors and their families at education sessions presented by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) and in the course of representation of clients by ACE staff. This paper is an updated version of a paper that appears in A Practical Guide to Mental Health, Capacity, and Consent Law of Ontario edited by Dr. Hy Bloom and Michael Bay.