Overview

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 416-327-6348.

Mental capacity

Learn about mental capacity, how it is evaluated, who evaluates it and how to appeal a finding of incapacity.

Make a power of attorney

Learn about appointing someone you trust to make important financial and health care decisions on your behalf.

Guardianship

Learn about different types of guardianship for mentally incapable adults, and how to replace the Public Guardian and Trustee.

Protecting minors

Learn how the OPGT holds funds in trust for some minors and with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Administering estates

Learn about how property and possession are handled after someone dies, including what happens with and without a will.

Donating to charities

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
  • calling
  • writing

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 offices and contacts

Guardianship Investigations Unit

Tel: 416-327-6348

Treatment Decisions Unit

Tel: 416-314-2788

Updated: November 10, 2021
Published: November 10, 2021