Tell your Member of Parliament to respect our end-of-life rights:
Advance requests are critical to giving people across Canada peace of mind.
Unwanted suffering is wrong
In March 2021, Bill C-7 — which includes key amendments to Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation — was passed into law.
Although Bill C-7 expanded access to MAID to include individuals whose deaths are not reasonably foreseeable, many people still aren’t eligible because they are in the early stages of a capacity-eroding condition — such as dementia, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s disease.
For these people and those without a formal diagnosis — but who fear that they will develop a serious and incurable disease after they have lost capacity — the option to make an advance request is not currently allowed under the law.
Simply put: they have no way of having their end-of-life wishes respected.
Denied the option of making an advance request for MAID, countless people across Canada live in fear of a possible future catastrophic diagnosis, illness, accident, or injury. This is cruel and inhumane — and wholly unnecessary.
Your end-of-life rights must be respected
The lack of access to advance requests is a critical gap in our country’s assisted dying legislation — and must be corrected.
In practice, an advance request would allow someone to make a formal request for assisted dying before experiencing intolerable suffering either from a known grievous and irremediable condition or from a condition that progresses in the future.
Then if, at some point, this person loses the capacity to make medical decisions for themselves — and, importantly, reaches a point where their suffering becomes unbearable — this formal request would be honoured.
An advance request could save a person from having to endure years — perhaps even decades — of unwanted suffering.
With your help, we’re calling on decision-makers to respect all peoples’ end-of-life rights by supporting advance requests for assisted dying.
The time to act is now
After years of advocating for this option, we are closer than ever to having advance requests permitted under the law. Now that the Special Joint Committee has been reconstituted (with a deadline of February 17, 2023 to report back to Parliament on their review and any recommendations they are making) it’s time to let our decision-makers know that people across Canada want advance requests for assisted dying.
Tell your Member of Parliament that advance requests are critical to giving all people across Canada peace of mind — and ensuring compassion, equality and choice at end of life.
NOTE: A copy of your letter will be automatically sent to members of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying.
Empower. Inform. Protect your rights.