The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is interested in your comments on our discussion paper and discussion paper summary for the Capacity of Adults with Mental Disabilities and the Federal RDSP project. We are hoping to hear from all those individuals and organizations who may be affected by the project, including policy-makers, community organizations, service-providers, and actual and potential RDSP beneficiaries, their families and friends.

We hope that you can tell us:

  • Whether you have tried to open an RDSP, decide the plan terms or manage the funds withdrawn from the RDSP and were unable to do so because your capacity to do so was challenged and if so, by whom;
  • What challenges you have experienced in establishing a legal representative as or for an adult with mental disabilities who needs assistance in opening an RDSP, deciding plan terms or managing funds that have been paid out of an RDSP, or all of these activities;
  • What you think the goals for reform should be if a process were created specifically for the purpose of establishing a legal representative for RDSP beneficiaries;
  • What laws, policies or practices could be put into place to implement such a process in Ontario in way that secures the well-being of RDSP beneficiaries, while being practical and easy to use; and
  • How effective any of the options for reform presented in the discussion paper and discussion paper summary would be in the Ontario context.

If you want more information about the discussion paper and discussion paper summary, you can refer to our webpage on Quick Facts.

We will protect the confidentiality of the information that you send us, in accordance with our Commitment to Confidentiality.

You can share your comments by: 


1.    Sending us a written submission by mail, fax or email:

Law Commission of Ontario
Capacity of Adults with Mental Disabilities and the Federal RDSP
2032 Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 650-8418


2.    Responding to our questions for discussion: We have included a list of questions that we would like to hear your views on in Appendix C of the discussion paper. There is also a shorter list of questions in Appendix A of the discussion paper summary. To respond to any of the questions for discussion over the phone, please call us at:

Toronto : (416) 650-8406
Toll-free : 1 (866) 950-8406
TTY :    (416) 650-8082 


3.    Contacting our Research Lawyer Sarah Mason-Case through the contact information above.

This public consultation will be supplemented by discussions with focus groups and stakeholders by invitation.  

The deadline for feedback is Friday, February 28, 2014.