Guardianship & Trusteeship
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
While most adult Albertans have the capacity to make personal and financial decisions on their own, there are some who may have reduced or lost their capacity to do so.
Albertans can establish alternate decision making options in case they lose their capacity using tools such as the Enduring Power of Attorney and Personal Directives.
There are also tools under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) to assist family members with applying to the Court to take on the decision-making responsibility for their loved ones. More than 2,500 applications were made under this Act in 2012/13. Additional funding was provided to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in 2014/15 to assist families with these applications.
As part of the Alberta government’s move to design a more streamlined supports system that will integrate service delivery to serve Albertans, and to achieve the outcomes identified in the Social Policy Framework, the Office of the Public Guardian and the Office of the Public Trustee are joining together to form one branch, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.
Bringing these two branches together will increase the collaboration that already exists between the offices and allow this newly created branch to further the ministry’s citizen-centred service delivery approach, focus on meeting the needs of Albertans and ultimately achieving better outcomes for the clients served by both offices.
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee will continue on with its core business, which includes acting in the best interest of Albertans over the age of 18 years who are unable to make personal or financial decisions on their own, and administering the property of represented adults, minor children, and deceased persons, when they are the most appropriate resource to provide support and protection.