TORONTO, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is beginning a new project at the
request of the Ontario government to address how adults with
developmental or mental disabilities might be better enabled to
participate in the federal Registered Disability Savings Plan (RSDP)
created by the federal government without an expensive competency
The RDSP is a savings vehicle to provide future support for persons with
disabilities. Parents or guardians may open an RDSP for a child.
However, adults with intellectual disabilities and others whose
competence may be an issue may face challenges in opening or
withdrawing from an RDSP without undergoing an expensive and lengthy
competency process. "We are extremely pleased to be asked by the
Ontario government to undertake this project," said Professor Bruce P.
Elman, Chair of the LCO Board of Governors. "It reflects recognition of
the high quality of the LCO's work and its contribution to law reform
in the province."
The LCO will draw on work in two prior projects in which it has released
final reports, its Framework for the Law as It Affects Older Adults and its Framework for the Law as It Affects Persons with Disabilities. It is currently undertaking a large project on capacity,
decision-making and guardianship from which the RDSP project will
benefit. The LCO will also call on the relationships with legal and
academic experts and community members developed in the process of the
older adults, persons with disabilities projects and capacity projects.
Launched in September 2007, the LCO is funded by the Law Foundation of
Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General, Osgoode Hall Law School
and the Law Society of Upper Canada, with additional financial and
in-kind support from York University and support from the Ontario law
schools. It is housed in the Ignat Kaneff Building, York University. It
operates independently of government to recommend law reforms to
enhance access to justice.
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SOURCE: Law Commission of Ontario - LCO
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