With support from The Law Foundation of Ontario, and the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging, CanAge has launched the Powers of Attorney course series! How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario - A Free Course for Everyone.

Made Possible with Support from:


Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada's National Seniors' Advocacy Organization) will create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach everyday Ontarians how to be an Attorney appointed by a Power of Attorney for Personal Care and/or Property.  Course Modules are outlined below:


● Choosing an Attorney

● Pros and Cons of accepting the position of an Attorney – is it right for you?

● What do you have to do as an Attorney for Property / Personal Care?

● Mental Capacity – theirs and yours!

● How to start acting as an Attorney and what does this mean?

● Consent – what does it mean for a substitute decision-maker & how do you do it?

● Working with Banks and Financial Institutions

● Working with Health Care Professionals

● Skills in managing conflict with family

● What if you are a joint attorney?  How to work together -joint and several roles

● How do I take a matter to the Consent and Capacity Board?  What does it do?

● How do I take a matter to Court? Pros and Cons

● Giving up the job – Removing yourself as an Attorney

● Elder Abuse and Neglect 

● Trust Accounting for Attorneys

● Passing of Accounts

● Being a Monitor or working with one appointed in a POA

● The Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee – and working with them

● The Role of the Courts – what you need to know

● Can I be paid? – how do I charge for my time or for expenses?

● What happens when someone dies?


This MOOC will include course materials, filmed lectures, Tip Sheets and Checklists for Good Practice. Once created, it will be maintained on the University of Toronto server network. Launch Date is July 2021.

About Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an innovative, affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance knowledge and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.  A MOOC is aimed at unlimited participation and open access on the internet.

To Pre-Register for Powers of Attorney 101, click here.

Community Academic Link

The Community-Academic Link (CAL) program will build new and ongoing bridges amongst undergraduate and graduate Social Work students, Public Health and other Health Sectors, Public Policy and Law.  The goal will be to connect and network with each other and also engage with key organizations working to support older adults, including not-for-profit community organizations, for-profit employers such as law firms and mediation communities, and government sectors.  Cross-sectoral capacity building in the aging sector is critically important in today’s aging population. The CAL program aims to support relationship and capacity building in a trans-disciplinary and community-engaged fashion. 

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November 2, 2020

Mental Capacity and Powers of Attorney:
What You Need to Know Both Personally and Professionally


Host: Laura Tamblyn Watts, President and CEO CanAge

With support from The Law Foundation of Ontario, and University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging, CanAge has launched the Power of Attorney webinar series! How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario - A Free Webinar for Everyone.


In this session Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge will provide information (Ontario based) on how to navigate the difficult waters of mental capacity and advance planning.  While everyone needs to know this information in their own lives, every social worker, lawyer, and health care provider needs to be up to date regarding the laws, systems and red flags associated with the Power of Attorney (POA) to meet their professional obligations.

Made Possible with Support From:

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto

246 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON, M5S 1V4

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