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Mental health law in Canada

Mental health law in Canada addresses topics such as competency, protection, public safety, therapeutic goals and human rights. A central concern is the balance between individual autonomy and state responsibilities. 

Selected secondary materials related to mental health law in Canada

Downie, chapter 8.

G. B. Robertson, Mental Disability and the Law in Canada, 2d ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 1987) KF3828 R6 (UVic Libraries currently has only the first edition).
H. Savage and C. McKague, Mental Health Law in Canada (Toronto: Butterworths, 1987) KF3828 S35.
J. Gray, M. Shone & P. Liddle, Canadian Mental Health Law and Policy, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2008) KE3658 G72 2008.

CCH Canadian Limited, Canadian Health Facilities Law Guide (Toronto: CCH, 1997-), loose-leaf, "Mental Health." Available online to registered users of the UVic Law School Program: KF3825 A6C36

H. Bloom and R. Schneider, Mental disorder and the law: a primer for legal and mental health professionals (Toronto: Irwin, 2006). Available through interlibrary loan.

Bloom and Bay, eds., Practical Guide to Mental Health, Capacity, and Consent Law of Ontario, (Scarborough: Carswell, 1996) KEO207 I5B56 (McPherson Library).

Case law and legislation applicable to mental health law in Canada

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, A/RES/61/611 (2006) which Canada has ratified, is available in the UN Treaty Collection and in print in UVic Libraries Government Documents collection (McPherson): Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: K637 A37U55 2010

Relevant legislation includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (U.K.), 1982, c. 11].

A search of CanLII for legislation with "mental health" in the title returns some pieces of legislation relating to mental health and state power to commit: CanLII Search: "mental health"

Selected library catalogue subject classifications

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