The LCO believes that a process that is only for naming a legal representative for RDSP beneficiaries should achieve certain goals for beneficiaries, their family and friends, and other individuals or organizations.
The LCO asked people what the goals should be when we did interviews in the first steps of the project. In the discussion paper, we also look at Ontario’s laws and programs to see how the province already supports persons with mental disabilities.
Some of the laws we look at are the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Some of the programs we look at are the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, ODSP and Consent and Capacity Board (CCB). We also consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We say that for a new process to work, it should achieve these goals:
- Gives beneficiaries the help that they need with decisions about RDSP money
- Makes sure that beneficiaries can participate in making decisions about an RDSP, even after a legal representative has been named
- Protects beneficiaries from legal representatives misusing their powers and financial abuse
- Is practical, easy to use and affordable
- Makes legal representatives and other individuals and organizations (such as financial institutions) feel secure about different risks that could affect them
Question 5: What do you think about the goals for change in the LCO’s project?
- Descriptions of the goals for change (we call them “benchmarks”) are found in the Discussion Paper, Chapter I.C.2, Benchmarks for Reform.
- We look at Ontario’s laws and programs that support persons with mental disabilities in the Discussion Paper, Chapter IV, Ontario’s Commitments to Persons with Mental Disabilities.
- A list of goals that people told us about in our interviews is found in the Discussion Paper, Chapter III.D, Goals for Reform Identified by Stakeholders.
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