The Osgoode Elder Law Certificate

Taught by a highly experienced faculty of legal and healthcare professionals, this unique program covers topics such as, consent, capacity, and substitute decision making, powers of attorney, financial planning, end of life, abuse, and effective advocacy!

Legal advisors and health professionals who work with older adults are faced with an often incoherent patchwork of legislation, rules, regulations and case law, as well as numerous ethical and professional obligations.

Layered on top of this, lawyers who practice in this field must understand the ageing process and its impact on the legal and ethical framework, and have a working knowledge of the multi-disciplinary network of services and service providers available to older adults.

The Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law, now in its fourth year, was specifically designed by legal and health care experts to bring clarity to this complex area. It will serve as a key forum for lawyers and health care professionals where they can develop a comprehensive knowledge of the key issues relating to elder law, expand their networks, and tap into a deep reservoir of practical, relevant information.

Module 1 – January 31, 2018
Introduction to Elder Law

Module 2 – February 14, 2018
Dealing With Thorny But Common Scenarios

Module 3 – March 6, 2018
Consent & Capacity

Module 4 – March 21, 2018
Long Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Community Based Services & Homecare: Navigating the System, Understanding the Legal Rules

Module 5 – April 4, 2018
Advocacy for the Elderly

Who Should Attend?

  • Lawyers in private practice, practicing in the areas of elder law, health law, wills and estates, family law and estate litigation
  • In-house counsel advising on the above areas
  • Practitioners/advisers to long-term care homes
  • Government lawyers – Counsel, Senior Counsel,  Directors of Performance/Compliance; Provincial Specialist (Health Care Unit); Compliance Advisors/Officers – Long Term Care
  • LTC home personnel including: Owners; Presidents/CEOs; Managers/Administrators; Operators; Director of Patient Care; Directors of Professional Practice; Risk Managers; Nurses and Personal Support Workers; Board Members;
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurses
  • Risk Managers in hospitals
  • Social Workers
  • Government Regulators


Program Directors

  • Jan Goddard, Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP
  • Jane Meadus, Barrister and Solicitor, Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact: Reheleh Pourkhodayar at

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