DWD Canada's 2016 Policy Framework

DWD Canada is calling for the federal government and the provinces to adopt new laws that reflect the letter and the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision in Carter v. Canada.

How we act over the few months will help determine whether Canadians can have reliable access to a peaceful death for decades to come.

In the time leading up to Feb. 6, 2016 — when the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to decriminalize physician assisted dying is set to come into effect — DWD Canada will be calling on the federal and provincial governments to adopt new legislation that reflects the letter and the spirt of the ruling.

Our wishes for legislation channel broad themes that are important to our supporters: namely, equal, reliable access to physician assisted dying for all eligible Canadians, and safeguards that protect the vulnerable without creating unnecessary barriers for patients in need.

DWD Canada has developed a slate of principles that we are circulating to politicians across the country this fall. The framework takes into account troves of evidence-based research from jurisdictions where assisted dying is legal, the needs and experiences of our supporters, as well as the guidelines set out by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carter v. Canada.