Under the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act, health care professionals must obtain informed consent from a patient before providing treatment.

However, if the patient is incapable, a substitute decision maker may be needed.  In the absence of an already existing substitute decision maker such as a Committee of Person or Representative under a representation agreement, and in the absence of an Advance Directive relevant to the health care decision to be made, the law requires the health care provider to choose a person to provide consent to treatment from a list of qualified people that meet specific criteria. The list includes family members and close friends.

When an eligible person is not available, or there is a dispute in choosing between equally ranked decisions makers, the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is called upon to authorize a suitable decision maker or to make substitute treatment decisions.

See our publications Consent to Health Care and Information for Temporary Substitute Decision Makers Authorized by the PGT for more information.

See our Contact Us page for regional contact information and toll free information to access PGT health care decision making services.

 

 
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Services to Adults

Greater Vancouver Regional Office
700-808 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6C 3L3
Ph: 604.775.1001 
Fax: 604.660.9498
Email: sta@trustee.bc.ca

Vancouver Island Regional Office
1215 Broad Street Victoria, BC V8W 2A4
Mailing: PO Box 9251, Victoria, BC  V8W 9J2
Ph: 250.356.8160
Fax: 250.356.7442
Email: sta@trustee.bc.ca

Interior-North Regional Office
1345 St. Paul Street Kelowna, BC  V1Y 2E2
Ph: 250.712.7576
Fax: 250.712.7578
Email: sta@trustee.bc.ca

Assessment and Investigation Services
Toll free Ph: 1.877.511.4111
Local Ph: 604.660.4507
Toll free Fax: 1.855.660.9479
Local Fax: 604.660.9479
Email: AIS-HCD@trustee.bc.ca

Health Care Decisions
Toll free Ph: 1.877.511.4111
Local Ph: 604.660.4507
Toll free Fax: 1.855.660.9479
Local Fax: 604.660.9479
Email: AIS-HCD@trustee.bc.ca

Estate Liaison Services
700-808 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6C 3L3
Ph: 604.775.0368
Fax: 604.775.0459
Email:estateliaisonadmin@trustee.bc.ca

Private Committee Services
700-808 West Hastings Street Vancouver , BC V6C 3L3
Ph: 604.660.1500
Fax: 604.660.4456
Email: PCSAdmin@trustee.bc.ca

See Contact Us page for hours of service.