Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) welcomes the release of Health Canada’s first annual report on medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada.
While we continue to review the report in its entirety, we are pleased that many of its key findings for 2019 align with DWDC's positions on a variety of issues. In the section regarding reasons why MAID requests were deemed ineligible, this data speaks to the importance of access to advance requests for MAID, the ability to waive final consent, and the rights of individuals whose sole underlying medical condition is mental illness.
Furthermore, statistics show that 82% of those who accessed MAID also accessed palliative care — indicating that both are a critical part of end-of-life decision-making for many Canadians.
DWDC looks forward to engaging and working with supporters and their elected officials during parliamentary proceedings around Bill C-7 and the upcoming mandated parliamentary review of Canada’s MAID Legislation.
You can access the report in English here, and the report in French here. We encourage supporters of end-of-life rights to explore the report and its findings and to share with your community and network.