Formally established in 2003 by the B.C. Law Institute, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) is a national and non-profit body dedicated to exploring the particular legal issues which affect older Canadians. The mandate of the CCEL includes research, law reform, and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults. The organization is well situated to engage the larger community in identifying problems and developing solutions. An important part of the CCEL mandate is to be “reform-minded” and to seek better laws, policies, and systems for Canadian or international societies.
The objectives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are:
- to enrich and inform the lives of older adults with the law;
- to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues having particular significance for older adults and;
- to serve as a national and international focal point for this emergent field.
The CCEL also hosts the World Study Group on Elder Law, a group established in October 2005 to facilitate study and knowledge exchange internationally on issues affecting the legal rights of older adults worldwide. Today, the CCEL is recognized for its expertise in Elder Law issues both in Canada and internationally. Being the only such Centre in the world, the CCEL is also serving as a model of interest for several other countries.
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