Medical Assistance in Dying
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.
On March 17, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that changes to Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAiD) law are officially in force. The new law includes changes to eligibility, procedural safeguards, and the framework for the federal government’s data collection and reporting regime.
- Read the amended MAiD law
- Please refer to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC for information related to practice standard updates
This is an important, sensitive and emotional topic for British Columbians, and we are working hard to ensure the people within our communities have access to the highest standard of compassionate and respectful care, while ensuring staff and physicians provide services within the law.
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 to speak with your patient about their wishes early in their journey so that, together, you can plan ahead.