A guide to programs and services for seniors.
Find information on resources available for seniors in Ontario, including tax credits, health, caregiving, housing, transportation and staying safe.

Legal matters

Estate planning

Estate planning involves transferring someone’s assets, such as property or money, after they die.

You can use a power of attorney, wills and trusts for estate planning.

Power of attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust (called your “attorney”) the right to make decisions for you. This is if something happens and you are no longer able to look after matters on your own.

Learn more about a power of attorney.

A power of attorney kit will help you select the person you want to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so for yourself.

Get a power of attorney kit.

Wills, estates and trusts

Estate planning involves the transfer of someone’s assets (e.g. property, money) when they die, as well as a variety of other personal matters. Wills, estates, and trusts are all common tools used in estate planning.

Learn more about wills, estates and trusts.

Find legal advice

Lawyers can help you with all types of legal issues, like:

  • wills
  • power of attorney
  • estate matters
  • family or criminal matters
  • real estate transactions
  • administrative law matters

Get information on how to find a lawyer and obtain legal advice.

What to do when a loved one dies

Get information for what to do and what supports are available when a loved one dies in Ontario.

Advance care planning

Plan how you wish to be cared for if you become unable to make your own decisions.

You can:

Prepare for emergencies

Be ready and prepare for emergencies, like ice storms, power outages or tornados.

Learn how seniors can prepare and download the Senior’s Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Fire safety

Get fire safety tips for older adults from the Office of the Fire Marshal, and fire safety tips for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Bringing an Awareness of Senior Safety Issues to the Community (BASSIC)

Members of BASSIC work with its partners to offer free presentations on a range of safety issues targeted at older adults.

Download the BASSIC Safe Seniors Calendar that offers tips and suggestions to help seniors stay safe and active in their homes and communities.

Scams, fraud and consumer issues

Some common consumer and financial scams and frauds are targeted at seniors.

Learn about:

Identity theft

Seniors are often targets for identity theft because many have spent a lifetime building solid credit ratings and growing their investments.

Learn what you should do if you’re the victim of identity theft and how to keep your personal and financial information safe.

What to do if you’re the victim of a crime

Find information on programs, services and other initiatives to help victims of various crimes, including the multilingual Victim Support Line.