This Guide contains an overview of elder abuse and neglect law in Canada. Although this Guide may be helpful to anyone interested in this area of law, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) produced this elder abuse legal resource to assist the following agencies to produce educational materials of relevance to their members:
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
- Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
- Canadian Nurses Association
- Fédération des associations de jurists d’expression française
- Fédération des locataires d’habitations à modique du Québec
- Fondation du centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vieille-Capitale
This tool has been designed to apply to abuse and neglect occurring anywhere in Canada. Each province and territory has a unique set of laws that apply to elder abuse. See Section D for a summary of the laws in the province or territory in which you work or volunteer.
The following material will: Introduce the concept of elder abuse; Provide a summary of key laws relevant to elder abuse and neglect; Identify obligations to respond to abuse, neglect and risk; Identify key agencies to contact if you are concerned that an older adult is being abused or neglected; Outline the relationship between mental capacity and the law in relation to elder abuse; Discuss the impact of professional confidentiality obligations and privacy law on the ability of professionals to disclose an older adult’s confidential information in order to follow up on concerns regarding abuse and neglect; and Provide a list of resources.
This project was funded by the Human Resources and Social Development Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program.