Medical Assistance in Dying (often referred to as MAiD)
As of June 17, 2016, federal legislation makes it possible for physicians and nurse practitioners to provide medical assistance in dying. For an individual to access medical assistance in dying, he/she must:
- Be eligible for publicly funded health services in Canada;
- Be at least 18 years of age and capable of making decisions with respect to their health;
- Have a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability);
- Make a voluntary request for medical assistance in dying that is not the result of external pressure; and
- Provide informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying after having been informed of the means that are available to relieve their suffering, including palliative care.
More information about Medical Assistance in Dying is available at: