On April 12, 2022, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is re-publishing its updated Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada.  

The Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada was published in 2011 in English and French. Over the years it has become the leading legal information resource across Canada for training police, professionals from all areas, and the non-profit sector about how to respond to concerns about abuse of older people. Many provincial governments refer individuals to the Practical Guide for legal information

CCEL has revised and updated the Guide to reflect changes in the law and input from stakeholders. The new Guide will be published as a standalone, searchable, French-English website with units on each province and territory.

This Guide will be available as a searchable website, with modules on the law and policy related to abuse and neglect in each province and territory, and links to other CCEL elder abuse resources.

Each provincial module covers:

  • adult protection legislation, family violence laws, and legislation governing long-term care 
  • all elder abuse reporting obligations
  • policies related to privacy, criminal prosecution, and access to income assistance
  • different financial substitute decision-makers in each jurisdiction and how to challenge their authority if they are abusing their role
  • key agencies that can provide assistance

The expanded guide also contains:

  • a new section that reviews laws that apply to Indigenous people experiencing abuse or neglect on reserve
  • 5 lenses to apply to practice including 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion and gender analysis
  • a set of guiding principles to apply to best practice

The update of the Practical Guide was funded by Department of Justice Canada’s V
ictim Fund in 2019 and 2021 and the BC Association of Community Response Networks.

EAPO is pleased to support this project. 


Free Webinar on Elder Law

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA), is hosting a free webinar on April 12th with Krista James, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, to introduce this new Guide and highlight some key aspects of the law across the country, and an overview of the Guide and how you can use it to support your work.

Pressing questions often arise from individuals about the laws and policies related to elder abuse but are unaware of where to access this information for their jurisdiction. By attending this webinar, the sample questions below will be addressed in this webinar and demonstrate how these answers can be found in the Guide.

When do you have a duty to report elder abuse?
What if someone is being abused or neglected in long-term care?
What provinces and territories have adult protection laws?
Does the law require anyone to report?


Krista James is a lawyer and National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Her work addresses legal and policy issues linked to aging. She has a particular interest in how aging, gender, and other aspects of identity intersect.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern

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