Although abuse is always wrong, many actions that are mean and hurtful are not technically “crimes” or “offences.” Sometimes, however, an abusive action can be a crime or offence and the legal system can help. Although there is no crime or offence called “elder abuse”, some forms of abuse are criminal offences as described in the Criminal Code of Canada (which applies in all provinces and territories).
In addition, some forms of abuse are offences described under some provincial and territorial statutes. These vary from across jurisdictions. Throughout this website, you will be provided with examples from Alberta. For links to organizations which can provide further information on other provinces or territories, please see our Resources and Organizations page.