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Myths and Facts – Medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada  

Setting out some clear facts surrounding MAID, the strict criteria and safeguards that govern its use, and aspects of its proposed expansion.

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Get the facts on MAID

As of March 17, 2021, when Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, the law no longer requires a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable to access medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / dementia_feb2021

Dementia, MAID, and other end-of-life options

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) hosted an in-depth discussion on end-of-life options for Canadians living with dementia. Topics included: Access to medical assistance in dying for Canadians living with dementiaThe changes proposed in Bill C-7 that will impact accessDying With Dignity Canada’s advocacy efforts in relation...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / assisted_dying_around_the_world_recording_september2021

Assisted dying around the world

Over the past twenty years, assisted dying legislative practices have expanded around the world. Jenna Carter, the granddaughter of Kay Carter, gave a presentation exploring global trends and shifting public perceptions surrounding the practice.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_death_and_writing_recording_november2021

Death and writing: Writing obituaries

On November 4, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Sandra Martin, award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, to learn about death and writing. Speaker: Sandra Martin, an award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, is the author of the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / assisted_dying_is_not_suicide

Why medically assisted dying is not suicide

Assisted dying, physician-assisted death, medical assistance in dying. These are some of the terms our spokespeople use when they give a presentation or interview about Canadians’ right to die with the help of a doctor. Absent from the list is a familiar phrase that’s overstayed its welcome in the North...

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FAQ

FAQ Answering your frequently asked questions. FAQ Medical assistance in dying (MAID) FAQ Donations FAQ Volunteering Didn't find the answer you'relooking for? Contact us

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / your_health_care_team_recording_july2021

Your health care team: Spotlight on nurse practitioners

In this webinar, DWDC was joined by nurse practitioners Valerie Cooper and Elizabeth Leonardis, who shared their insights, experiences and perspectives related to end-of-life care. Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so you can jump straight to the questions and answers that interest you most. Just select "Watch on YouTube" above, and read...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_assisted_dying_in_switzerland_february2022

Assisted dying in Switzerland

Assisted dying in Switzerland On February 9, 2022, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Dr. Erika Preisig to learn about assisted dying in Switzerland. * Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is grateful to have the participation of several diverse speakers and presenters in our webinar series. Please note that the nuanced views...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying

With the legalization of medical assistance in dying in June 2016, Canadians were granted another option at end of life — but confusion over interpreting the law and understanding the process can lead to unnecessary obstacles for people and their loved ones. The following information can help you navigate a request for medical assistance in dying.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada

2020 Poll: Support for medically-assisted dying in Canada

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Dying with Dignity Canada. A sample of 3,502 Canadians aged 18 years and over was interviewed on the Ipsos I-Say Panel from January 21 - 27, 2020.

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Language matters: Why we use the term ‘medical assistance in dying’

The objective of this blog post is to clarify the specific term we use regarding assisted dying here in Canada. Language matters, and by learning the correct terms to use when discussing health care and end-of-life choice, we can be clear about our wishes, and avoid misunderstandings or offending anyone....

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Opinion: Why I believe advance requests for assisted dying must be allowed

In 2017, Calgary’s Carol Abbott-Wolfson watched her husband, Gerald, and her Aunt Marion suffer horrific deaths. Neither were able to exercise their right to an assisted death because of the law’s requirement that a person be competent at the time of the procedure. If the law allowed advance requests for...

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Media Center

Dying With Dignity Canada’s recent press releases, interviews, relevant and published articles.As part of our ongoing goal to educate the public about end-of-life rights and choices, we invite the media to reach out for discussion and updates.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_palliative_care_quiz_yourself_january2022

Palliative care: Quiz yourself

On January 18, Nurse Practitioner Valerie Cooper asked participants a series of questions about palliative care, sparking discussion and improving understanding. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window. At the bottom right of the screen is a block...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_assisted_dying_in_united_states_january2022

Assisted dying in the United States

Assisted dying in the United States On January 27, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope to learn about assisted dying in the United States. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / our-history

Our History

Our history Defending access to quality end-of-life choice and care for over 40 years. For over 40 years, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) has been defending access to quality end-of-life choice and care. The road to choice has been long and winding – full of challenges and setbacks, progress and...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_palliative_care_january2022

Palliative care

On January 20, Dr. BJ Miller sat down with the team at Dying With Dignity Canada to discuss palliative care. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At the bottom right of the screen is a block with CC...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada-2

2021 Poll: Support for medically-assisted dying in Canada

Canadians continue to be supportive of MAID, and also towards changes to existing legislation to give Canadians control over how they approach end-of-life issues and decisions.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / year_in_review_recording_december2021

A year in review: Access to choice after Bill C-7

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, CEO Helen Long presented a year in review – the last webinar of the year!  During this webinar, audience members learned about: Dying With Dignity Canada’s accomplishments in 2021 The challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2022 Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so you can jump...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / regional_spotlight_eastern_canada_recording_june2021

Regional Spotlight: Death and dying in Eastern Canada

Clinicians and navigators from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia joined us to discuss various topics surrounding death and dying in Eastern Canada. Some focal points included: General attitudes towards death and dyingPalliative care resources and supportsInformation about medical assistance in dying (MAID). Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so...

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Home

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is the national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / end-in-mind-maid-and-mental-disorders

End in Mind: MAID and mental disorders

On March 9, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by health law professor Jocelyn Downie and psychiatrist Justine Dembo to talk about myths and facts related to medical assistance in dying and mental disorders, as well as what we might expect in the coming months.

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Past Priorities

Past priorities Previous organizational priorities and their outcomes.  We have come a long way in the defense of end-of-life rights in Canada. While we continue to advocate for those unable to access their constitutional rights, we cannot forget about what we have accomplished.  Current priorities Dying With Dignity Canada advocates...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / year_in_review_dec2020

A year in review: End-of-life choice during COVID-19

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) heard from three clinicians about the experience of providing health and end-of-life care during COVID-19. Watch to learn about what has changed in the nine months since the start of the pandemic, and what it has been like to provide medical...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / untangling-maid-for-mental-disorders-from-advance-requests-for-maid

Untangling MAID for mental disorders from advance requests for MAID

Note from DWDC: If your sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder, you are not eligible to apply for medical assistance in dying (MAID) until March 17, 2027. Learn more.  Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has been in the headlines recently as the government responds to issues of the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / track-2-maid-cases-insight-from-dr-eric-thomas

Track 2 MAID cases: Insight from Dr. Eric Thomas 

Dr. Eric Thomas is a former family physician and now a full-time MAID assessor and provider in Stratford, Ontario. We spoke to Eric about his experience with Track 2 MAID cases and some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings that are associated with them. “I’ve always been interested in the subject...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / medical-assistance-in-dying

Medical assistance in dying

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has been a legal option for qualifying Canadians since 2016. To access MAID, one must be approved by two independent physicians or nurse practitioners, and must meet the eligibility criteria found within the law. 

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / intro_advancecareplanning_jan2021

Introduction to Advance Care Planning

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) sat down with Susan Desjardins, Board Member, and one of the founding members of the DWDC Ottawa Chapter, for a one-hour webinar on Advance Care Planning.  In this recording, you will learn how to:  Consider your values, beliefs, and preferences for future health care  Decide who you...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / the_future_of_alzheimers_recording_september2021

The future of Alzheimer’s and end-of-life care in Canada

One in five Canadians has experience caring for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Further, the prevalence of dementia more than doubles every five years for Canadians age 65 and older, from less than one per cent for those age 65 to 69 to about 25 per cent for those...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / bill_c7_six_months_later_recording_september2021

Bill C-7: Six months later

Bill C-7 reached Royal Assent on March 17, 2021. The introduction of this new legislation included changes to eligibility for those accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) and altered procedural safeguards. This free, online event, Bill C-7: Six months later, reflects on the impact of Bill C-7 on Canadians seeking...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / 2022-poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada

2022 poll: Support for medically assisted dying in Canada

This a summary of the findings of a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Dying With Dignity Canada in April 2022 regarding support for medically assisted dying in Canada.   2022 Ipsos poll: Support for medically assisted dying in Canada A sample of 3,500 Canadians aged 18 years and over...

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Halifax’s Audrey Parker ‘changed the national conversation’ around assisted dying, Dying With Dignity Canada says

Audrey Parker, the Halifax woman who spent the last weeks of her life raising awareness about the challenges facing Canadians who have been assessed and approved for assisted dying, “changed the national conversation” around end-of-life choice, Dying With Dignity Canada says. Parker, 57, died with medical assistance on Thursday, two...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / 2023-poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-canada

2023 poll: Support for medically assisted dying in Canada

A sample of 3,502 Canadians aged 18 years and over was interviewed on the Ipsos I-Say Panel from June 7 to 12, 2023.

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Siobhan’s story: Supporting my husband’s journey through a medically assisted death

How do you say goodbye to a life partner of 25 years? In this post, Siobhan of Calgary, AB shares her experience supporting her husband Scott through his end-of-life journey and choice to access an assisted death. Read on for Siobhan’s powerful reflections on her family’s story, including lessons she...

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Dr. David Amies: The next frontier for assisted dying in Canada

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies takes a look at the groups of Canadians who are harmed by the late-stage consent requirement in Canada's assisted dying law. The story of Halifax’s Audrey Parker is back in the news again, following the launch of a Dying With Dignity Canada campaign in...

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Marion’s story: Why I want advance requests for assisted dying

In this moving testimonial, British Columbia’s Marion Janssen recounts the end-of-life experiences of her grandparents and parents. After watching three loved ones — her mother, father, and grandmother — suffer with dementia, Marion knows she does not want the same ending for herself. That’s why, she writes, she believes advance...

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Priscilla’s last lesson: ‘No one has the right to stop us from dying’

Priscilla Cole had one last lesson to teach before she died. A lifelong educator, she had devoted her career to instilling others with knowledge and the confidence to put it to good use. Among her pupils were the youngsters she taught at a private girls’ school in Toronto, the students...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_10_things_to_know_january2022

10 things to know about MAID in Canada

On January 13, 2022, the Dying With Dignity Canada team sat down with Jocelyn Downie for a breakdown of 10 things to know about MAID in Canada. Resources For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window. At the bottom...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / 2024-poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada

2024 poll: Support for medically assisted dying in Canada

This is a summary of the findings of a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Dying With Dignity Canada in March 2024 regarding support for medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada.    [2024 Ipsos poll: Support for medically assisted dying in Canada]  A sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 18...

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Thank you for supporting end-of-life rights

Thank you for supporting end-of-life rights By signing your name, you are building momentum in our fight for protecting end-of-life rights. With your support, we can help ensure eligibility and access to MAID is a priority — because end-of-life rights are human rights. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by...

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Thank you for supporting end-of-life rights

Thank you for supporting end-of-life rights By signing your name, you are building momentum in our fight for protecting end-of-life rights. With your support, we can help ensure eligibility and access to MAID is a priority — because end-of-life rights are human rights. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Learn more

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / justine_story

Justine’s story: Chronic pain has left me in a prison of my own existence

In this powerfully written blog post, Justine from Ontario shares how her daily chronic pain has stripped her of any quality of life. Suffering with pain that feels like “literal torture,” Justine has applied for a medically assisted death, but was formally denied because she does not meet one requirement...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / mature_minors_assisted_dying

Dr. David Amies: Is it right to forbid mature minors access to assisted dying?

In his latest post for the DWDC blog, Dr. David Amies examines the Council of Canadian Academies’ report on the possible implications of extending assisted dying access to mature minors. In this piece, he asks a difficult but necessary question: is it fair to allow an 80-year-old with terminal cancer...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / release-new-campaign-calls-for-audreys-amendment-to-canadas-assisted-dying-law

Release: New campaign calls for Audrey’s Amendment to Canada’s assisted dying law  

As part of a new campaign honouring Halifax’s Audrey Parker, Dying With Dignity Canada is calling on federal lawmakers to make an urgently needed fix to Canada’s assisted dying rules.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / 2023-poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada-mental-disorders

2023 poll: Support for medically-assisted dying in Canada (MAID for mental disorders)

The poll was conducted from January 19-24, 2023, before the Government announced its intention to delay MAID for mental disorders by one year.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / regional_spotlight_quebec_recording_october2021

Regional Spotlight: Death and dying in Quebec

Dr. Benjamin Schiff, MD and Assistant Professor, and Dr. Georges L’Espérance, FRCS(c), M. Sc. (Adm. Serv. Santé), Neurosurgeon, joined us to discuss various topics surrounding death and dying in Quebec. Some focal points included: General attitudes towards death and dying in QuebecCommon misconceptions about medical assistance in dying (MAID)Information and local resources to...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / dying-with-dignity-canada-how-far-we-have-come

Dying With Dignity Canada: How far we have come 

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) was founded in 1980 as a Canadian society concerned with the care and treatment of the terminally ill and the quality of dying for all Canadians. In June, a few individuals gathered to discuss their concerns about the quality of care being received by dying...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_live_your_legacy_recording_november2021

Live your Legacy: Lessons and ideas from a good life and death

On November 2, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Chelsea Peddle to learn about reframing the idea of legacy. In this recording, Chelsea shares some traditional ideas, including her mother's book, and talks about creating a living legacy through values and relationships. Resources: Willow end-of-life education and...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / paul_choice

Liana Brittain: How Canada’s flawed assisted dying law led my husband to end his life earlier than he wanted

All Paul Couvrette wanted was more time. He had finally met and married the love of his life, and they had retired to their dream home by the sea on Prince Edward Island. But Paul's lifelong retirement dream was cut tragically short when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer not long after...

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