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Health Care Directives

A guide to giving instructions about future health care decisions
This guide provides information about health care directives. The legislation governing health care directives in New Brunswick is called the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act. It came into effect on July 1, 2020. Before that, health care directives were governed by the Advance Health Care Directives Act. The Enduring Powers of Attorney Act also governs enduring powers of attorney (EPAs). Information about EPAs is provided in a separate publication.


Optional Forms for New Brunswick’s Enduring Powers of Attorney Act:

Health Care Directive
This is a form for making a health care directive in accordance with the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act in New Brunswick. Before you fill out this form, you should read the PLEIS-NB guide called Health Care Directives.

Health Care Directives


Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) is a non-profit, charitable organization. Its goal is to help the public know the law. PLEIS-NB receives funding and in-kind support from the Department of Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation and the Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick.

Published by:
Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1
(506) 453-5369

Printed: March 2022

ISBN: 978-1-4605-0455-0


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