Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Learn how the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee safeguards the legal, personal and financial interests of specific Ontarians and their estates.
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The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT):
- manages financial decisions for adults who are mentally incapable
- holds funds in trust for minors
- administers estates when heirs cannot be found
- protects the public’s interest in charities and dissolved corporations
- provides other services to protect the financial and personal care of vulnerable Ontarians
We function in accordance with the Public Guardian and Trustee Act.
If you suspect that a vulnerable person is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, call the OPGT’s Investigations line at
Learn about mental capacity, how it is evaluated, who evaluates it and how to appeal a finding of incapacity.
Learn about appointing someone you trust to make important financial and health care decisions on your behalf.
Learn about different types of guardianship for mentally incapable adults, and how to replace the Public Guardian and Trustee.
Learn about how property and possession are handled after someone dies, including what happens with and without a will.
Learn how to ensure your donations are used properly and how to make a complaint about possible misuse of charitable property.
Provide feedback or submit a complaint
The OPGT is committed to providing accessible and timely service. We welcome feedback about meeting standards and providing a client-focused service to improve service delivery.
If you would like to provide feedback to the OPGT, you can do so through any one of the local offices by:
- visiting in person
All feedback is reviewed by an OPGT staff member. If the feedback is a complaint about the service standards, staff will attempt to respond immediately. If you are not satisfied with the response, the complaint will be heard by the manager of the related OPGT business unit who will respond within ten business days.
OPGT resources and annual financial statements
Visit Publications Ontario to access the free power of attorney kit, all OPGT brochures and forms.
- OPGT Annual Report Year ended March 31, 2021 (PDF)
- OPGT Annual Report Year ended March 31, 2020 (PDF)
Thunder Bay Office
189 Red River Road, Suite 101
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Toronto Regional Office