Ontario Ministry of Health reverses course on guardianship requirement for disabled woman
The Ontario government’s plan to introduce a new child-care system in the province is being challenged by a woman who says she is unable to provide for her adult children and cannot even care for herself and has become dependent on her children for support.
The woman, who spoke to CTV News Toronto on the condition of anonymity because of her young children’s health, said she was “too emotional” when the ministry initially offered her guardianship.
The woman’s eldest daughter said she and her brother were at the ministry’s offices on Jan. 7 waiting to see the province’s decision but were told by the woman that her parents cannot care for her, so they cannot help her.
The boy said his sister was “emotionally distraught” and said she needed help to get back on her feet.
The province initially said it was looking at removing the family’s parental rights, but after public outcry, they reversed course.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services said it was “slightly delayed” in its initial decision but that it does not plan to revoke the family’s rights under the guardianship rules.
“We are concerned with the woman’s health,” said Ministry of Community and Social Services spokesperson Paul Meade. “We are reviewing the situation.”
There are a total of eight different ways a guardianship can be created, including through a medical power of attorney or a durable power of attorney, according to the Family Medical Leave Act.
The law allows for a guardian to be appointed if the person has a mental condition that incapacitates them to carry out important activities on their own, and is unable to provide for themselves.
Currently, the new long-term care legislation requires a woman or child to give up their decision-making power to an elder adult, typically an adult