Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act consultation

Share your thoughts on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act and supported decision-making.

Government is reviewing the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act. This law is for adults who can’t make some or all decisions for themselves because of a learning disability, mental illness, brain injury or other reasons. This law lets someone else make important decisions for them.

We want to hear from Nova Scotians about the law and about how people make decisions. We especially want to hear from people who get help from other people when they make decisions.

About the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act

The Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act is a law in Nova Scotia. It’s also called the ACDMA.

The ACDMA lets a person ask the court to let them make decisions for an adult who can’t make some or all their own important decisions. This person who makes the decisions is called a representative. The representative can only make decisions that the adult can’t make for themself.

Reviewing the ACDMA

The Government of Nova Scotia is looking at the ACDMA to make sure it’s a good law for people in Nova Scotia.

Government is thinking about other ways to help adults make decisions. One of these ways is called supported decision-making. In supported decision-making, adults make their own decisions about their lives and get help making these decisions from a person or group of people they choose.

We want people to share their ideas about the ACDMA and other ways to help adults make decisions. Horizons Community Development Associates Inc. (also called Horizons) will help us ask people to give us their ideas. We are doing this in June 2021.

How to participate

We’re inviting Nova Scotians to share their thoughts in the survey.

You can complete this survey online or by mail.

If you’re an adult who gets help making decisions, learn more about how you can participate.

If you’re not an adult who gets help making decisions, you can participate online or by mail.

Online

Complete the online survey.

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If you need any accommodations or help filling out the survey call (toll-free) 1-866-424-0066.

By mail

Print a copy of the survey, complete it and mail it to:

ACDMA Consultation
Horizons Community Development Associates Inc.
PO Box 2404
Wolfville, NS B4P 2S3

To get a paper copy of the survey call (toll-free) 1-866-424-0066 or email with your name and address.

Privacy

You don’t have to tell us your name or give us any personal information that will tell other people who you are. Your ideas and experiences may be shared in a public report, but we won’t identify you.

Only a small group of people at Horizons and at the government will be able to see the information you share. It’s our responsibility to keep your personal information private. We’ll only use your personal information to review the ACDMA. Your information will only be stored and accessed in Canada.

If you want to look at or change any information you shared with us, contact the Department of Justice by email at or 902-424-4030.