At Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC), we defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying laws that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Election 2021 Update
Thanks to DWDC’s volunteers and supporters across the country, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent on March 17, 2021, bringing in significant changes to Canada’s MAID law, including the removal of the reasonably foreseeable natural death requirement and the waiver of final consent (Audrey’s Amendment).
With the new law in place, the next step in our advocacy efforts is to get the mandated Parliamentary Review reinitiated. Given that Bill C-7 was passed, and the Parliamentary Review was started under a Liberal minority government, we are hopeful that the new government will move quickly to get this work back on track so it can continue to study the issues of importance to Canadians, including advance requests, MAID for mature minors and those with a mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada, and the protection of Canadians with disabilities.
The coming weeks will see a number of significant developments, including a new cabinet and ministers of Health, Justice and Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. DWDC will also be using this time to conduct our own outreach to government officials and identify additional opportunities to engage with the new government.
We are also working to prepare the materials you will need to effectively engage with your MP and to communicate to them our position on one or all of the subjects to be studied in the Parliamentary Review as soon as Parliament returns. Until then, thank you for your support and help in reaching the candidates in the recent election and for your continued efforts supporting end-of-life choice for all Canadians. We are truly grateful.