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Since 2014, the Ottawa Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada has been offering workshops and presentations on preparing for future health care issues and end-of-life choices. The goal of these educational events is to encourage individuals and their loved ones to think about and express their wishes for health care and treatment at the end of life, including patient rights and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).  If you or your organization is interested in an educational event, please email  If you are looking for an Independent Witness for your MAiD application form, please email

Services Provided

  • Education through in-person and virtual events on end-of-life choice and patient rights
  • Education through in-person and virtual workshops on Advance Health Care Planning
  • Presentations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) and how to access it in Ottawa
  • Independent Witnessing for medical assistance in dying requests in Ottawa
  • Advocacy and media relations regarding MAID issues, including writing articles and placing them in local newspapers and contacting local MPs, Senators and MPPs

Our Chapter's Team

Pat Roberts

Director, Advocacy


Director, Communications


Director, Outreach/Coordination

Upcoming Events

Join us on December 14 for our final session of the year. We’ll be sitting down with DWDC CEO Helen Long and Dr. Gord Gubitz, the Clinical Lead for the MAID Program in Nova Scotia. This session will provide a review of the developments in the end-of-life rights movement for 2022 and what to expect moving forward into 2023.

Looking Ahead: MAID and what you should know going into 2023

Additional Resources

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Bereaved Families of Ontario

Bridge C-14

Bridge C-14



Referral form for Champlain MAID Network

This form must be completed by a health care provider and faxed, along with supporting documentation to the Champlain Regional MAID Network to begin the MAID application process. Fax number is 613-761-4351.

Referral form for Champlain MAID Network

Additional Information

As an example of the Ottawa Chapter’s outreach efforts, access a letter/opinion piece regarding end-of-life choice written by Ottawa Chapter Chair, Susan Harrison in April 2021.

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