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Adult Protection Act

What is the Adult Protection Act?

In 2014 this Act became the law in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It protects adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect, and who do not understand or appreciate that risk.

Who does the Act protect?

The Adult Protection Act applies to every adult in Newfoundland and Labrador who meets the criteria of an adult in need of protective intervention, regardless of living arrangement.

What if I think someone is abused or neglected?

If you think an adult is in need of protective intervention you must report it. You can call confidentially to 1-855-376-4957.

What if I do not report my suspicions?

The law states you must report your suspicions. If you do not, you may be fined up to $10,000 and/or imprisoned up to one year.



Provincial Policy Manual

The Adult Protection Act Provincial Policy Manual establishes policies intended to provide consistent and quality implementation of the Act throughout the province. It includes step by step procedures about how to determine whether an adult is in need of protective intervention. The manual can be found at:

Information Session

The following information session is available to key stakeholders who require knowledge of the Act:

Public Awareness Materials

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