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Find an Independent Witness for MAID

Dying With Dignity Canada’s Independent Witness Program.

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Canadian law states that all patients requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID) must complete a written request form, and that form must be signed by one Independent Witness.

Criteria for an
Independent Witness

Any person who is at least 18 years of age and who understands the nature of the request for medical assistance in dying may act as an Independent Witness, except if they:

  • Know or believe that they are a beneficiary under the will of the person making the request, or a recipient, in any other way, of a financial or other material benefit resulting from that person’s death
  • Are an owner or operator of any health care facility at which the person making the request is being treated or any facility in which that person resides
  • Are an unpaid caregiver

Do you need help finding an Independent Witness?

Dying With Dignity Canada’s Independent Witness Program can help connect you with trained volunteers to sign your request for medical assistance in dying (MAID). In some provinces, witnessing can be done virtually.

Email witness@dyingwithdignity.ca or call 1-800-495-6156 ext. 40 for more information.

Volunteer

Volunteer as an Independent Witness for medical assistance in dying in your area. 

Note: DWDC is currently not training new Independent Witnesses. Please see the Volunteer page for some select exceptions.

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