Protecting vulnerable persons
On November 1, 2022 a new regulation for the province of Quebec came into effect. The purpose of the changes and new measures introduced under Quebec Bill 18 is to better protect vulnerable persons. It introduces the concept of an Assistant Measure.
Under the new assistance measure, an adult living with a difficulty can receive help from someone close to them in making decisions and managing their property. Clients will be able to obtain recognition for one or two Assistants of their choice. Once recognized, each Assistant will be entered in a public register. This will allow them to deal with various organizations, government departments, and service providers on the person’s behalf. The Assistant may send these third-parties information or collect information from them, through a single process and on behalf of the assisted person.
A Sun Life Client who has a registered assistant with the Public Curator, may ask their Assistant to request any insurance and wealth information on their behalf.
Who can be recognized as an Assistant?
- The Assistant must be an adult capable of fully exercising their civil rights, and who demonstrates a particular interest in the person who wants support without having a conflict of interest.
- Some examples may include:
- A family member or someone close to the person requiring support
- A caregiver
The Assistant does not have the authority over the financial matters but can help the Client to obtain or provide information. The Assistant will act as the intermediary for the assisted person. They will act only as requested and for the specific matters indicated by the assisted person.