Advance Care Planning Legal Terms by Province & Territory

Each province and territory in Canada uses different terms to describe documents and people who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself.
 
Here’s a list of some of the common terms used in each province and territory:

Province or Territory

Advanced Care Planning Document

Advance Care Planning
Designated Substitute Decision Maker

British Columbia

Representative*

Alberta

Agent*

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Proxy*

Ontario

Attorney*

Quebec

Mandatary*

New Brunswick

Donee/Attorney*

Prince Edward Island

Proxy*

Nova Scotia

Newfoundland &

Labrador

SDM*

Yukon

Northwest
Territories

Nunavut +

None

None

Agent

* Note that the substitute decision maker is included in the Advance Care Planning document. 

+ In Nunavut, there is no legislation for Advance Directives or the appointment of a substitute decision maker.

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Last updated August 2021