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MAID for mental illness

Medical assistance in dying for those with mental illness as the sole underlying condition.

Bill C-7 committed to convening a panel of experts to recommend protocols, guidance, and safeguards to apply to requests made for medical assistance in dying by persons who have a mental illness. That panel was convened in August 2021 and submitted their report to the Minister of Health and Justice on May 13, 2022. 

On June 22, 2022, the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying tabled its interim report on MAID for those with a mental disorder as the sole underlying condition. On October 17, 2022, the Committee is expected to table its final report, covering all aspects of the Parliamentary Review.

A 2021 national survey conducted by Ipsos showed that 65% of Canadians support access to MAID for those whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness if they meet all other criteria and have the capacity to provide informed consent.

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