There are many situations which require seniors to know their legal rights and when to exercise consumer privileges. The following resources will provide the answers when feeling victimized or encountering an uncomfortable circumstance.
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Canadian Consumer Information Gateway is a Government Online initiative that includes over 35 federal government departments and agencies that have an interest in consumer issues to provide Canadians with easily accessible tools to help them make better decisions about goods and services in the marketplace. An excellent resource!
Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies is a non-profit organization committed to enriching and informing the lives of older adults in their relationship with the law; to meet the increasing need for education and research in relation to legal issues of particular significance for older adults and to serve as a national focal point for this emerging field.
Canadian Anti-Fraud CentreThe Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has established itself as Canada's central fraud data repository. CAFC has become a trusted source for fraud data and for educational and prevention resource materials. The CAFC plays a crucial role in educating the public about specific fraudulent telemarketing pitches and in collecting and disseminating victim evidence, statistics and documentation, all of which are made available to law enforcement agencies.
Consumers Association of Canada - Manitoba BranchThe Consumers' Association of Canada is an independent, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to educating and informing consumers and to representing the best intrests of consumers to all levels of goverment and to all sectors of society. Established in 1947, CAC Manitoba is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We strive to empower consumers to make informed choices by providing access to resource information and other educational material as well as acting as a referral agency.
Consumer and Corporate AffairsDid you know that work done by Consumer and Corporate Affairs affects every Manitoban every day? That's because you, along with other consumers and business people like you, buy and sell millions of products and services on a daily basis. Most of the time you don't run into problems. That may be because we work hard at trying to prevent problems by administering about 30 acts. Important laws like the Consumer Protection Act, Business Practices Act, Insurance Act and
Human Rights CommissionThe Manitoba Human Rights Commission is the agency responsible for carrying out the provisions of The Human Rights Code. The Commission is authorized to accept and investigate complaints of discrimination and to attempt to settle subtantiated complaints; to issue binding advisory opinions; and to carry out educational activities.
Law Commision of CanadaThe Law Commission of Canada's research concerning older adults has grown out of an interest in exploring adults' personal relationships of dependence and interdependence. The purpose of branching out and looking exclusively at older adults' personal relationships is not to distinguish their relationships as "different" from those of other adults, but to shed more light on how the law particularly affects them.
Legal Aid ManitobaLegal Aid Manitoba exists to help people - individuals and groups - who need a lawyer but who cannot afford to pay for one.
Legal Information Guide for Seniorsfrom the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat : Wills & Estates, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Choosing and Working with a Lawyer, Glossary of Terms and Useful Phone Numbers.
Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat acts as a central point of contact for seniors, their family members and organizations. Staff also work to ensure government policies, programs and legislation reflect the needs of seniors.
Manitoba Society of Seniors (MSOS)mission is to represent Manitobans age 55 plus by promoting their needs and concerns and by presenting a positive image of older adults in the community.
Personal Safety for SeniorsFrom Winnipeg Police Services. Crime can strike anyone, anywhere! Victims can be anyone of any age, economic status, profession or occupation. It is important that you think safety and incorporate this into your lifestyle.
Protect Yourselffrom the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat . A guide to protecting yourself from theft and financial loss. Home Renovation Scams, Burglars, Charity Scams, Telemarketing/Prize Scams and Important Phone Numbers.
Public TrusteeThe Manitoba Public Trustee is a provincial government Special Operating Agency that manages and protects the affairs of Manitobans who are unable to do so themselves and have no one else willing or able to act. This includes mentally incompetent and vulnerable adults, deceased estates, and children.
Seniors at Addictions Foundation of ManitobaDo you or someone you know gamble too much? AFM offers counselling,awareness sessions and information to older people on problem gambling.
Seniors Guidebook to Safety and SecurityFrom the Royal Canadian Monted Police. Working together we can develop safer communities. Education and awareness of preventive techniques can help you recognize a potential crime situation and allow positive action to be taken that will reduce or remove the risk. Becoming involved in your community along with your local police can increase your sense of security and enhance programs and services available to your community.
Seniors Information Lineis designed to provide Manitoba seniors with easy access to government departments, programs and information on issues affecting seniors. The Seniors Information Line enables seniors to call and have concerns and questions handled promptly by the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat , 822-155 Carlton Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3H8.
*Phone: 945-6565 (in Winnipeg)
*Facsimile: (204) 948-2514
Winnipeg Committee for Safetywas created by City Council in 1999 with a mandate to support community action on citywide safety concerns. Working with citizens, local organizations and governments, the Winnipeg Committee For Safety is helping to make this a safe and healthy city.
Women's Legal Education and Action FundLEAF is a national, non-profit organization working to promote equality for women and girls in Canada. Using the equality provisions from Section 15 of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a basis to advance women's rights, LEAF presents arguments, or intervenes, in cases where women's rights are at risk in Canadian courts.