This brochure is intended to be a healthcare decision aid for patients and their Substitute Decision-Makers (SDMs).  

This brochure explains the importance and process of Advance Care Planning.  Other related resources are recommended.

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) commissioned this paper to provide background research for its Legal Capacity, Decision‐Making and Guardianship project. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the LCO.

This presentation by Michael Newman objectives included: to identify the Consent and Capacity Board, explain when and how to access the Consent and Capacity Board, identify the legal test for capacity and substitute decision making, identify various types of Board applications as well as identify means of obtaining more information.

The presentation by Laurie Borland the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee outlines the rules for Substitute Decision-Making in Ontario.  

This presentation on Consent, Capacity and Substitute Decision Making gives an overview on the various legislative acts that form the underpinning to Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent in Ontario.

Read this primer to learn about: how to prepare for Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations with patients and Substitute Decision-Makers (SDMs) and practical information on: consent, capacity and decision-making, how to determine who the automatic SDM is for a patient and finally how to prepare SDMs for decision making about healthcare in the future.

This summary document outlines recommendations from the Law Commission of Ontario related to Health Care Consent (HCC) and Advance Care Planning (ACP) in the development of ACP resources for use in Ontario.

A Substitute Decision-Maker (SDM) is a person who will make health and personal care decisions for you. An SDM will only make decisions for you if you are found mentally incapable of making them for yourself. This guide will help you understand the process of identifying or naming an SDM.

This guide is intended to outline the information necessary for a health care provider to conduct or facilitate an Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversation with a person and their Substitute Decision Maker. This guide is not intended to be a patient education resource. This guide will provide a brief overview of ACP, introduce a template to guide the conversation and outline a process for integrating ACP conversations into practice.

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