Use this page for leads to subject headings, secondary materials titles, legislation and case law relevant to 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.
Downie, chapter 8.
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).
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"