BC Government: Adult Guardianship Act Review

  • May 02, 2022

The BC government has established a working group, including the Ministry of Attorney General, the Ministry of Health and the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, to review the adult abuse and neglect framework contained within the Adult Guardianship Act.

Part 3 of the Act sets out the province’s adult abuse and neglect framework, which provides for the reporting and investigation of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, as well as the appropriate response. Vulnerable adults include those who are mentally or physically incapable of seeking support and assistance on their own. 

The Act gives designated agencies the responsibility and certain powers to investigate concerns of abuse and neglect, and to provide support and assistance to adults who are abused or neglected. These agencies include:

  • BC’s five regional health authorities
  • Community Living BC, for adults eligible to receive community living supports
  • The Providence Health Care Society, for persons within their facilities

The government working group would appreciate the input of CBABC in their review.  Some topic areas relating to the framework that have been identified for consideration include:

  • The scope and application of the Act, including who the Act applies to and in what circumstances
  • Responses by designated agencies, including in relation to investigations, providing support and assistance, and in emergency situations
  • The adult’s involvement in the process and their rights, including the provision of information, advice and notice
  • Access to and use of information, including personal information
  • Matters relating to the capability of the adult.
  • We are currently recruiting volunteers to participate in this consultation. The engagement process will likely include a virtual meeting with the working group to discuss issues of concern, with an opportunity for members to provide feedback and comments.

CBABC Members are invited to indicate their interest by contacting contact the Director of Advocacy at advocacy@cbabc.org no later than May 19, 2022.

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