Making Your Future Health-Care Decisions
On September 1, 2011, advance directives became a new legal option for capable adults in British Columbia. An advance directive is a written instruction that gives or refuses consent to health care treatment at some point in the future, in the event the adult is not capable of giving or refusing consent to treatment when it is needed. Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, and writing down, your wishes or instructions for future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. When these discussions are written down and appropriately witnessed, it becomes an Advanced Directive (AD).
For more information about advance care planning, including how to make an advance care plan, name a Representative in a Representation Agreement, or to make an advance directive, visit the Ministry of Health Advance Care Planning page.
If you are a health care provider in BC and want to know more about BC's health care consent laws, see the updated Health Care Providers’ Guide to Consent to Health Care.