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Adult Guardianship Laws in BC

British Columbia has laws that ensure every adult's right to self-determination and to provide support and assistance for people vulnerable to abuse or are no longer capable of making their own decisions.

In British Columbia, Adult Guardianship Legislation refers to the provincial laws that give every adult (19 years of age or older) a choice about how decisions can or will be made “by” or “for” them. This includes decisions related to:

  • health care,
  • personal care,
  • admission to or continued residence in a care facility, financial, and legal and financial matters. 

Additionally, the Adult Guardianship Act ensures that vulnerable adults have the right to support, assistance or adult guardianship protection as a result of adult abuse or neglect. The four Acts that comprise the Adult Guardianship laws are:

For information, advice and assistance related to these laws visit the Links and Resources page.