About

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

  • We defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying rules that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • We provide personal support to adults suffering greatly from a grievous and irremediable medical condition who wish to die on their own terms.
  • We educate Canadians about all of their legal end-of-life options, including the constitutional right to medical assistance in dying (MAID), and the importance of advance care planning.
  • We support healthcare practitioners who assess for and provide MAID.

Dying With Dignity Canada's charitable registration number is 11889 0086 RR0001.

Our mission

Through advocacy, public education and personal support, Dying With Dignity Canada ensures Canadians have access to quality end-of-life choice and care.

Our vision

All Canadians have the right to choose their good death.

Our values

The values of DWDC are to be Person-Centred, have Compassion, Integrity and Courage, and foster Collaboration.

  • Person-Centred: DWDC believes the person, be it the patient, the family and friends, or the interdisciplinary health care team, must have a safe and accessible experience with MAID. The context will differ, but DWDC’s goal of facilitating that experience remains the same—to ensure the person feels heard, to ensure that family members and friends have the opportunity to access help for their loved ones, including grief supports and to ensure that health care team members are system supported.
  • Compassion: DWDC strives to support people through the physical, mental and emotional pains and struggles that often come with grievous and irremediable medical conditions. The end of life is a time when people, their families and caregivers need warmth, kindness and support; the very principles that drive DWDC’s programming. Compassion motivates staff, board and volunteers to alleviate suffering by working to overcome barriers to choosing a good death.
  • Integrity: DWDC is committed to be a leading voice for protecting and advancing human rights for those seeking a dignified death. Integrity embodies the honesty, accuracy and consistency in advocacy and programming. DWDC is motivated by the principle that Canadians should have access to high quality, timely end-of-life choices and care.
  • Courage: As a human rights organization, DWDC confronts challenging issues and advocates for the right to choose a good death. At times, its work has faced opposition, but the organization has persevered, guided by the understanding that the right to choose must be protected and human rights must be upheld. DWDC will continue to promote safe spaces for people to make the choice right for them and to support health care workers who are willing to help patients have the good death they desire.
  • Collaboration: As the leading human rights organization for MAID in Canada, DWDC knows that the cause must be the priority and at times other concerned groups will have more visibility or influence. As a grassroots organization, DWDC values organizations who share this space and pledges to work in collaboration with them to protect the rights of Canadians, while seeking to work with partners across the health and legal systems to ensure a safe, accessible experience for people, families and care providers.

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