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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

2 - The Role of Guardianship in Special Needs Plans in Saskatchewan, Canada

from Part I - Adult Guardianship

Summary

The chapter examines the law and practice of guardianship in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, particularly the role of the government in safeguarding the interests of individuals with cognitive impairments; and the scope, effect and practical application of The Adult Guardianship and Co-decision-making Act. It also outlines the steady development of guardianship in Saskatchewan, from a highly intrusive instrument to one that advocates supported decision-making to maximise independence and free choice. This new framework allows guardianship to integrate with financial and other planning tools to secure the well-being of persons with cognitive impairments. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the role of guardianship in jurisdictions that, unlike Saskatchewan, have established a broad-based special needs trust to assist families in financial planning.