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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

Federal legislation now permits medical assistance in dying under certain circumstances.

Medical assistance in dying is allowed if a patient…

  • is at least 18 years old and mentally competent
  • has a grievous and immediate medical condition
  • has freely and voluntarily requested assistance
  • has provided informed consent
  • is covered by funded health services

It is important to note that a health care directive cannot be used to authorize medical assistance in dying.

Patients must have a serious illness that is advanced and is not something they will recover from. The patient must be suffering unbearably. The patient’s natural death must be anticipated in the near future. A request for information or assessment must be patient-driven.

Patients seeking additional information about a medically assisted death can talk to a health care provider. Not all will be able to offer this service and some may choose not to offer this service. However, they all must arrange for timely access to information and resources upon request from the patient. An overview of the process is available from the Government of Saskatchewan.

Assisted death should not be promoted or encouraged, since criminality provisions around counselling for suicide remain in force in Canada.

Medical Assistance in Dying Information for Health Practitioners

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