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Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process which gives someone the opportunity to consider and discuss with family and friends their wishes and desires concerning future personal care options. This can be helpful in guiding their Substitute Decision Maker if they ever become incapable of providing consent for health or personal care decisions themselves. 

The Health Care Consent Act (HCC) in Ontario requires health care providers to obtain informed consent in order to give or withdraw treatment and ensures a process by which everyone in Ontario has access to a substitute decision maker.

The Southeastern Ontario Portal for Advance Care Planning (ACP) & Health Care Consent (HCC) provides resources for seniors, families and caregivers as well as health care providers. 


Protection is provided to seniors under several different legislation in the areas of:
  • human rights
  • liberty and security
  • independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity
  • protection from discrimination 
For more detailed information see "Know Your Rights" on the Elder Abuse Ontario website.


This resource was created in partnership with the Regional Elder Abuse Prevention Network and the South East Community Care Access Centre/SouthEasthealthline.ca.