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.
Personal Directives are legal documents that you can write in case something happens and you cannot make your own personal decisions in the future.
Changes have been made to the Personal Directives Act making it easier for Albertans to ensure their wishes are followed should they be unable to make decision for themselves.
Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship
On October 30, 2009 the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act came into force, replacing the Dependent Adults Act.
This legislation better addresses the current needs of Albertans by providing more supportive decision making options and safeguards to protect vulnerable adults who are no longer able to make all of their own decisions.