Medical Assistance in Dying
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 complex and deeply personal issue that needs to be carefully considered and planned. Please note that planning and coordinating a medically assisted death takes time. MAiD is not considered an urgent service. It is important and helpful to talk with your health care team about your wishes early in your journey so that, together, we can plan ahead.
The MAID Coordination Centre provides support, assistance and guidance on how to proceed with a MAiD request, and strives to provide timely services to individuals and families. With the high volume of calls and requests received, it may take a few days before we are able to respond to your request. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
It is normal to have questions and it is 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. Again, it is helpful for the MAiD Coordination Centre to receive as much advance notice as possible of your chosen date.