CCEL Blog

  • Long-Term Care reform in Canada – Resource Round-up

    12 June 2020 Introduction The hardest hit population from COVID-19 has been older adults living in long-term care. This has led to great media attention on long-term care. Issues receiving media attention include the low staffing levels, poor compensation for health care workers, and issues monitoring quality of care. However, these issues are not occurring only because of […]   Read More

  • The Accessible Canada Act

    1 June 2020 Accessibility Legislation In Canada, the federal government enacted the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) which came into force on July 11, 2019. The ACA, applying to everything under federal jurisdiction, is intended to remove barriers experienced by people with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to create a barrier-free country by 2040. The ACA sets out: How […]   Read More

  • Update on CCEL’s Inclusive Investing Project

    26 May 2020 Consultation Wrap-up The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) completed its consultation interviews for the Inclusive Investing project in October 2019. During the one-year consultation period, Project Manager and BCLI/CCEL Staff Lawyer, Valerie Le Blanc, interviewed over 90 key informants and stakeholders on the use of supported decision-making, in the investment context. Key informants included […]   Read More

  • Health Care Consent with Physical Distancing: Understanding Decision-Making Rights in Canada

    11 May 2020 Most of us consult with people we trust in order to make the best decisions we can for ourselves. We talk about our concerns with family and close friends. We seek additional expert opinions. However, for many people with disabilities, the support of trusted allies is not just helpful—it may be integral to exercising legally protected health care decision-making rights.   Read More

  • BC Accessibility Legislation Consultation Report Released

    7 May 2020 A quarter of the population in BC is living with a disability. The BC government has released the British Columbia Framework for Accessibility Legislation report (BC Framework) to outline their proposed approach to accessibility legislation. This blog posts highlights some of the public feedback from the preliminary consultation and examines the framework.   Read More

  • Seniors Advocate Report on Funding of Contracted Long-Term Care

    21 April 2020 Introduction On February 4, 2020 the Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) released the report A Billion Reasons to Care: A Funding Review of Contracted Long-Term Care in B.C. This report examines the funding of contracted long-term care providers, both for-profit and non-profit. The OSA was concerned that the current funding model would create incentives […]   Read More

  • Medical Assistance in Dying Amendment Bill Tabled

    28 February 2020 MAID Laws Canada introduced medical assistance in dying (MAID) in 2016. To be eligible for MAID, an adult must: Be eligible for health services in their jurisdiction; Have the capacity to make health care decisions; Make a voluntary written request for MAID; Give informed consent after receiving information on their diagnosis, treatment, and options to […]   Read More

  • Consent to Chemical Restraints in Long-Term Care

    24 February 2020 Introduction This blog will outline the current laws on consent to chemical restraints in long-term care. Chemical restraints were addressed in the CCEL’s Conversations About Care: The Law and Practice of Health Care Consent for People Living with Dementia in British Columbia report published in 2019. This blog will describe what a chemical restraint is, […]   Read More

  • Project Update: Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

    22 January 2020 Introduction Since fall 2019, the CCEL has been working on a project entitled Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making. This work is funded by the Vancouver Foundation. The project is a collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of BC (the Society) and the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia. This project aims to recognize […]   Read More

  • BCLI Executive Director to step down

    2 December 2019 Kathleen Cunningham has advised the Board of the BC Law Institute that she will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of May 2020 to pursue new opportunities. The Board wishes her well and thank her for her years of dedicated service. Kathleen joined the BC Law Institute and Canadian Centre for Elder […]   Read More


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