Medical Assistance in Dying
Due to the changes in legislation for medical assistance in dying, an unusually high volume of calls and requests for information are being received at the MAiD Coordination Centre. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work hard to respond as quickly as possible.
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is a legal, end-of-life care option in which a MAiD Provider (doctor or nurse practitioner) helps a person who is eligible to voluntarily and intentionally end their life. Since June 2016, MAiD has been legal in Canada and is governed under federal law. This law sets out the eligibility requirements and processes under which MAiD can be provided.
Seeking a medically assisted death is a deeply personal decision. You may choose to discuss your wishes with your loved ones, as well as anyone else who can support you. It’s normal to have questions and it’s important to know that not every person who requests MAiD will be eligible or, if found eligible, will decide to choose a medically assisted death.
Whatever you decide, your health-care team is here to honour and respect your wishes. It is important to know that you can submit your request, receive your assessments and eligibility status before deciding if or when you will proceed with MAiD.
It’s helpful for the MAiD Coordination Centre to receive as much advance notice as possible of your chosen date.