Bill C-7 resources

🛈 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). Get the Facts about Canada's new medical assistance in dying law here.

On February 24, 2020, the federal government tabled Bill C-7, in response to a landmark court ruling in Quebec. This legislation, which DWDC is largely supportive of, proposes broadening the 2016 law on medical assistance in dying to include those whose death is not "reasonably foreseeable," and allowing for waiver of final consent, among other changes. 

Current Status

On Wednesday March 17, 2021, the Senate of Canada accepted the government's response to its amendments and approved Bill C-7. After the late evening Senate passage of the bill, the acting Governor General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court signed Bill C-7 into law. We applaud the triumph of compassion and choice that this change brings Canadians. 

What do these changes mean?

  • Canadians no longer must have a reasonably foreseeable death in order to be eligible for medical assistance in dying;
  • There are now two sets of safeguards in place: One for those whose death is reasonably foreseeable, and one for those who death is not reasonably foreseeable;
  • Canadians with a reasonably foreseeable death, who have been assessed and approved for medical assistance in dying, but risk losing the capacity to consent prior to the MAID procedure, will be able to sign a waiver of final consent;
  • During the two-year mental illness exclusion, the Government of Canada will hear from experts and develop safeguards and protocols for people who seek access to MAID, but whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness. 

Dying With Dignity Canada thanks all parliamentarians who listened to the voices of Canadians, and passed this compassionate bill.

For more information, please visit our Get The Facts webpage, or contact Mr. Puneet Luthra, Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations at [email protected] or 647-956-4127, ext. 27.

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