Everything you need to know about requesting medical assistance in dying in your province or territory.

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With the legalization of medical assistance in dying in June 2016, people across Canada were granted another option at end of life — but confusion over interpreting the law and understanding the process can lead to unnecessary obstacles for people and their loved ones. The following information can help you navigate a request for medical assistance in dying.

Beginning the process

To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider, or if applicable, your local health authority. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or 1-844-395-3640. We can answer general questions about MAID or provide navigation support.

Key steps in the MAID process

  1. The written request
    The forms for your province or territory can be downloaded from Dying With Dignity Canada, your provincial or territorial Ministry of Health, or from your local Health Authority.
  2. The witnessing
    The written request must be signed by an Independent Witness. If you cannot find an Independent Witness, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada to arrange for a trained volunteer in your area to sign your request.
  3. The assessment process
    Once you submit your written request, you will need to be assessed by two independent assessors to determine your eligibility for MAID.
  4. The provision
    If you consent to proceed, the MAID provider will administer one medication that will induce sleep within one minute. The remaining medications will put you in a deep coma and stop your heart within 5-10 minutes.

At any point during your MAID process, you can change your mind, even on the day of your provision.

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