Department of Justice

Public Guardian and Trustee

Adult Guardianship

Guardianship is a legal process which gives a person the legal authority and responsibility to manage the affairs of an incapable adult and care for, assist and protect that adult. A guardian may be appointed by the Supreme Court for an adult whom they believe is incapable of handling all or part of their own affairs.

This includes:

  • activities of daily living and other personal matters
  • health care
  • legal matters
  • financial affairs

There are two types of adult guardianship:

  • temporary guardianship of financial matters for one period of up to 180 days
  • longer-term (permanent) guardianship for financial, health, personal or legal matters

The Public Guardian and Trustee may act as a guardian of last resort for adults who have no known relatives or friends to assist them. 

Applying for Guardianship of an Adult

Before making a decision as to which type of guardianship would be most appropriate, please review the information contained in the adult guardianship guides below, particularly Books 2, 3 and 4.

All the forms required for applications for adult guardianship are located below.

Forms for either temporary or permanent guardianship can be filled out on the computer and printed out for filing in court. Please save these forms on your computer in case the court requires you to make changes to formatting or wording.

When you apply for guardianship of an adult, Form 6 (Incapability Assessment Report) must be completed by a trained assessor. In addition to providing the completed assessment, the assessor must provide the court with a copy of his or her curriculum vitae (CV). The assessor follows guidelines for conducting assessments.

The following assessors have taken incapability assessment training. However, medical doctors (including psychiatrists), registered nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists are also qualified to perform guardianship incapability assessments.

*Please note that the Public Guardian and Trustee and private guardians can charge fees for the services provided.


Adult Guardianship Publications


Book 1 - Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Guardianship

Book 2 - What You Should Know About Applying to Be a Guardian of an Adult

Book 3- How to Apply for Adult Guardianship

Book 4 - How to Apply For Temporary Guardianship of an Adult

Book 5 - The Public Guardian and Trustee and Adult Guardianship

List of Key Words Used in Adult Guardianship  


Fact Sheets

#1 - What a Guardian Should Consider When Making Decisions

#2 - How Does a Guardian Decide Where the Adult Lives?

#3 - How Does a Guardian Decide About the Adult's Living and Social Companions?

#4 - How Does a Guardian Decide Whether an Adult Should Work?

#5 - How Does a Guardian Decide About Training?

#6 - How Does a Guardian Decide About Licences and Permits?

#7 - How Does a Guardian Deal with Legal Issues?

#8 - How Does a Guardian Make Care Decisions?

#9 - How Does a Guardian Make Day-to-Day Decisions?

#10 - How Does a Guardian Decide About Social Activities?

#11 - How Does a Guardian Make Financial Decisions?


Adult Guardianship Forms

Temporary Guardianship Forms

Form 3T - Temporary Guardianship Application

Form 4T - Applicant's Affidavit

Form 5T - Statement of Proposed Temporary Guardian

Form 9T - Affidavit of Service    


Adult Guardianship Forms (for permanent guardianship of an adult)

Form 3 - Guardianship Application

Form 4 - Applicant's Affidavit

Form 5 - Statement of Proposed Guardian

Form 6 - Incapability Assessment Report

Form 7 - Preliminary Guardian Plan

Form 8 - Inventory Account and Subsequent Guardian Plan

Form 9 - Affidavit of Service 


Additional related links for more information: 

Capability and Consent Board