Our position on the new assisted dying legislation

The Federal government recently tabled legislation to amend Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying. Read on for Dying With Dignity Canada's statement on our position on these proposed changes.

The Federal government recently introduced amendments to Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying (MAID) following a landmark court ruling in Quebec last fall.

Specifically, the amendments would:

  • Permit assisted dying for those whose death is not reasonably foreseeable, by removing this criterion from the eligibility requirements;
  • Make changes to the safeguards for those whose death is foreseeable, requiring only one independent witness, providing for the waiver of final consent and dropping the requirement for a 10-day reflection period;
  • Add safeguards for those whose death is not reasonably foreseeable with which DWDC has expressed concerns;
  • Add an explicit exclusion for patients with irremediable mental illness which DWDC believes is unconstitutional.

DWDC has praised the government for moving quickly to amend the law and is thankful that changes beyond the requirements of the Truchon decision are proposed, taking into account the experiences of individuals like Audrey Parker. We are also pleased that the federal government will launch a full review of the law in June, providing you with another opportunity for input into this law. Even with the amendments proposed in Bill C-7, Canada’s MAID law continues to exclude advance requests, and access to MAID for mature minors and those with mental illness, a situation DWDC believes is unconstitutional.

We are committed to ensuring that Canadians receive fair access to their constitutional right to make choices about how they may end their life. For that reason, DWDC will be working to influence the federal government in the coming months to ensure that the proposed legislative amendments meet this goal. You can find Dying With Dignity Canada's full positioning statement by clicking here.

Take Action Today!

If you’d like to tell your Member of Parliament (MP) and Senators representing your province that you support giving Canadians access to their constitutional right to make informed end-of-life choices, complete the digital advocacy tool by clicking the link below.

Here's how it works:

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