On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying (MAID) for patients meeting specific eligibility requirements. The Court held that the ban deprived people suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions of the right to life, liberty and security of the person. On June 17, 2016, the Federal Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-14, establishing the legislation to regulate the practice of MAID.
Medical Assistance in Dying ( MAiD) is a medical procedure. It involves the administration of medications to intentionally and safely end the life of an adult patient who meets strict legal criteria outlined in Bill C-14. In general, in order to be eligible:
- The patient must be capable of making health care decisions.
- The patient must have a grievous and irremediable medical condition.
- The patient's request must be made voluntarily, without coercion.
More information about the option of MAiD is available in our FAQ’s for patients and families.
HHS patients who wish to explore this option should talk to their HHS care team. Not all physicians and health professionals are willing to participate in this procedure; therefore, your physician may elect to refer you to a another physician.
For more information on the legal criteria and the process for requesting MAiD, visit the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website on Medical Assistance in Dying.