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Advance Health Care Directives  

The guide was produced by Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). PLEIS-NB is a non-profit charitable organization. Its goal is to provide the public with information about the law. PLEIS-NB receives funding and in-kind support from the Department of Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation, and the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General.

We wish to acknowledge the valuable contribution to the development of this guide by the following:

  • Members of the Law Society of NB
  • New Brunswick Medical Society
  • NB Department of Health
  • Horizon Health Network
  • Vitalité Health Network
  • University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law

This guide does not contain a complete statement of the law on the topic of advance health care directives. Anyone needing specific advice on their situation should consult a lawyer.


Background Information

In December 2016, a law was introduced in New Brunswick called the Advance Health Care Directives Act. It is intended to help simplify the process for individuals who wish to set out their health care wishes and ensure they are known and respected by health care professionals, especially if a time comes when a person is unable to communicate those wishes themselves.

This guide explains who can create a health care directive, how to create it, where to keep it, how to update it or revoke it and so on. It briefly describes how a health care directive relates to other legal tools for planning for the future, such as a power of attorney for personal care.



Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Tel.: 506-453-5369
Fax: 506-462-5193

January 2019 

ISBN: 978-1-4605-0435-2