What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf.

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has a Power of Attorney Kit that will help you appoint the person you want to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so for yourself.

Learn more about Power of Attorney and Living wills (PDF – 19 pages, 342kb)

Where can I get a Power of Attorney Kit?

  1. Download the Power of Attorney Kit (PDF) now, or
  2. Visit your local Public Guardian and Trustee office, or
  3. Call (416) 314-2800 in Toronto or toll-free 1-800-366-0335 from other areas, or
  4. Contact your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).

Why do I need a Power of Attorney?

Many people believe their families will be able to step in if something happens and they cannot make decisions for themselves. This isn’t always true.

You can name someone to make financial decisions for you, such as paying your bills, with a continuing power of attorney for property.

For personal care and health decisions such as where you live, what you eat or what medical care you will receive if you get sick or injured, you can name someone in a power of attorney for personal care.

Tip: No one can make you sign a power of attorney if you don’t want to. But, if you don’t choose one, the government may have to appoint someone to make certain decisions for you. It’s better if you choose someone you feel you can really trust, who knows your wishes.