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Wills and estate planning

Will and estate planning information by province and territory Add to ...

​​Rules about your will and the distribution of your estate are determined by the province or territory you live in.

The rules relating to wills, powers of attorney and the settlement of an estate are set provincially. While much of the information on this site is general in nature, any specific rules mentioned are based on Ontario law and apply to Ontario residents.

If you or members of your family live outside Ontario – or own property in other provinces – some of the rules that apply to your estate will be different than the rules mentioned here.

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Information for other jurisdictions

To find out more about specific rules and requirements that apply outside Ontario, here are links to will and estate planning information for most jurisdictions in Canada.


British Columbia



Quebec – Wills

Quebec – Estate planning

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia – Personal Directive

Nova Scotia – Wills and Powers of Attorney

Prince Edward Island – Wills

Prince Edward Island – Powers of Attorney

Newfoundland & Labrador


Northwest Territories – Wills

Northwest Territories – Powers of Attorney


Content in this section is provided in partnership with Investor Education Fund, a non-profit organization founded and supported by the Ontario Securities Commission that provides unbiased and independent financial tools to help Canadians make better money decisions. To find out more, go to: GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca


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