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Public Guardian and Trustee

About

The Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia (PGT) is a corporation sole established by the Public Guardian and Trustee Act . The office was originally established in 1963 and with the February 2000 implementation of the Public Guardian and Trustee Act, the name and role of the office changed from Public Trustee of British Columbia to the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia. In order to ensure the independence of the office, the law provides that the PGT holds office for a fixed term of six years.

Authority to provide services is derived from various laws (see our Legislation and Fees page for links). British Columbians become clients of the PGT through legislation, court order, trust deed, and by referral. The PGT is accountable to clients, the Court, and, through the Service Delivery Plan, the public.

With respect to the cases in which it is involved and the clients it serves, the PGT is both an independent organization and an Officer of the Supreme Court. The PGT is the modern manifestation of a centuries-old tradition in the British judicial system of an independent body appointed to protect those who cannot protect themselves. The fiduciary role of the PGT is exercised solely in the interest of those persons served. Independence of the PGT is necessary to ensure the interests of the clients it represents are protected, even when those interests are not in alignment with those of government. The Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia's public interest role is to ensure that private interests are protected.