In Toronto, the Clinical, Organizational and Research Ethics (CORE) Network of the Joint Centre for Bioethics forms a community of practice for Bioethicists. The Canadian Bioethics Society links them at a national level, and many are also members of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
We have a short brochure about
UHN Bioethics that describes what a Bioethicist does, provides examples of situations where they may help, and supplies contact information for Bioethicists at UHN.
Another brochure titled
Making Healthcare Decisions for Other People has answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the role and obligations of Substitute Decision Makers.
Here is some useful information for patients who want to appoint a Power of Attorney for Personal Care and/or Continuing Power of Attorney for Property.
Advance care planning is a time for you to reflect on your values and your wishes, as well as to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in case you can't consent or refuse treatment in the future. National resources are now available to help you make an Advance Care Plan:
Making Your Plan.