Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) provides decision-making mechanisms for individuals who are unable to make personal, non-financial decisions for themselves. The OPG does this through the Personal Directives Act, the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and the Mental Health Act. The OPG also administers the Personal Directives Registry and the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Registry.

Services include:

  • Guardian for adult Albertans who have no family or friend to take on this role
  • Review Officer and oversight on all court applications under the Adult Guardianship and Trustee Act
  • Investigator of complaints that a decision maker (e.g., guardian, agent) is causing harm to the adult they represent
  • Decision maker of last resort for specific decision making provisions (health or placement decisions) and psychiatric treatment decisions under the Mental Health Act, including Community Treatment Orders

As of January 31, 2014, the Public Guardian was appointed guardian for more than 2,300 adult Albertans and was providing assistance to more than 8,700 private guardians in their decision-making role.

If you have concerns about the actions of a co-decisionmaker, guardian or trustee or an agent, call the Information and Reporting Line 1-888-357-9339.

Personal Directives

Personal Directives are legal documents that you can write in case something happens and you cannot make your own personal decisions in the future.

The Personal Directives Act helps Albertans ensure their wishes are followed should they be unable to make decision for themselves.

More information:

Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship

The Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act provides supportive decision making options and safeguards to protect vulnerable adults who are no longer able to make all of their own decisions.

More information:

Publications Order Form

Links to Other Resources



Contact the Office of the Public Guardian

Modified: 2013-09-11
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