Legal Terms

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 ACP document ACP-designated SDM
British Columbia Standard Representation Agreement
(Sect 7)
Enhanced Representation Agreement
(Sect 9)
Alberta Personal Directive Agent
Saskatchewan Health Care Directive Proxy
Manitoba Health Care Directive Proxy
Ontario Power of Attorney for Personal Care Attorney
Quebec Protection Mandate Mandatary
New Brunswick Power of Attorney for Personal Care Donee/Attorney
Prince Edward Island Health Care Directive Proxy
Nova Scotia Personal Directive SDM
Newfoundland & Labrador Advance Health Care Directive SDM
Yukon Advance Directive Proxy
NWT Personal Directive Agent
Nunavut None None
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