Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying

Navigating a request for assisted dying can be complicated. Learn more about the resources and support services that are available where you live.

It can be extremely stressful for individuals to contemplate their end-of-life options, let alone try to navigate an often confusing health care system. With the legalization of medical assistance in dying in June 2016, Canadians were granted another option at end of life — but confusion over interpreting the new law and understanding the process has led to unnecessary trauma and obstacles for people and their loved ones.

If you have specific questions about your personal end-of-life care options, we encourage you to contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team by emailing support@dyingwithdignity.ca or calling us toll-free at 1-844-395-3640. Our Support team also provides patient navigation services if you encounter barriers to accessing your choice of a medically assisted death, or if you have general questions about the medical assistance in dying (MAID) process.

Where can I find more information about MAID in my community?

Along with our FAQ page on Canada’s assisted dying law, we’ve compiled a list of provincial and territorial assisted dying contacts to help you get started. 

This page is being monitored and will be updated as information becomes available or changes.

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General information about assisted dying in Canada

British Columbia

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Fraser Health:

Email: mccc@fraserhealth.ca

Phone: 604-587-7878

Other resources:


Interior Health:

Email: MAiD@interiorhealth.ca

Phone: 250-870-4669 (local Kelowna number), 1-877-442-2001 (toll-free)

Other resources:


Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority):

Email: maid@viha.ca

Phone: 250-727-4382 (local Victoria number), 1-877-370-8699 (toll-free)

Other resources:


Northern Health:

Email: maid@northernhealth.ca

Phone: 250-645-6417 (local Prince George number)

Other resources:


Vancouver Coastal Health:

Email: assisteddying@vch.ca

Phone: 1-844-550-5556 (toll-free)

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Alberta

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Alberta Health Services MAID Team

Email: MAID.careteam@ahs.ca

Phone: 811 (AHS Health Link)

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Saskatchewan

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Starting on Oct. 29, 2018, HealthLine — a 24/7 provincial health resource that provides professional health advice and mental health support — will become the main source of information about MAID in Saskatchewan. You can access HealthLine by dialling 811. HealthLine will become a central access point for MAID inquiries and information for both patients and practitioners in the province.

Email: MAIDReginaArea@saskhealthauthority.ca

Phone: 306-766-4551 (Local Regina number)

Toll-Free: 800-667-7766 (Saskatchewan)

Email: info@health.gov.sk.ca (General inquiries)

Manitoba

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Provincial MAID Team (operated by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Email: maid@sharedhealthmb.ca

Phone: 204-926-1380 (local Winnipeg number), 1-844-891-1825 (toll-free)

Online contact form: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/services/maid/contact/

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Ontario

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Provincial care-coordination service for medical assistance in dying

Phone: 1-866-286-4023 (toll-free), TTY 1-844-953-3350 (information services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; referral services available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services in English and French, but service in other languages can be arranged.)

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Quebec

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Phone numbers:

  • Québec City region: 418-644-4545
  • Montreal region: 514-644-4545
  • Rest of Quebec: 877-644-4545 (toll-free)

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New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

Phone: 506-457-4800 (local number)

Email (from a web browser only)


Horizon Health Network:

Phone numbers:

  • Fredericton area: 506-452-5400
  • Miramichi area: 506-623-3000
  • Moncton area: 506-857-5111
  • Saint John area: 506-648-6000
  • Upper River Valley area: 506-375-5900

Email: Horizon@HorizonNB.ca


Vitalité Health Network:

Phone: 506-544-2133 (local number) or 1-888-472-2220 (toll-free)

Email: info@vitalitenb.ca

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Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Health Authority’s MAID information line:

Phone: 902-491-5892 (local Halifax number) Voicemail is checked between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Atlantic, Monday to Friday.

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Prince Edward Island

Health PEI:

Phone: 902-368-6130 (local number)

Email: healthpei@gov.pe.ca

For more information, call 811

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Provincial coordinator: Dr. Aaron McKim

Email: aaron.mckim@gov.nl.ca

Phone: 709-729-3103 (local)


Labrador-Grenfell Health:

Dr. Gabe Woollam

Email: gabe.woollam@lghealth.ca

Phone: 709-897-2350


Western Health:

Dr. Dennis Rashleigh

Email: dennisrashleigh@westernhealth.nl.ca

Phone: 709-637-5000 ext. 5168


Central Health:

Sueann Fry

Email: sueann.fry@centralhealth.nl.ca

Phone: 709-533-2374 or 709-292-2151


Eastern Health:

Judy Davidson

Email: judy.davidson@easternhealth.ca

Phone: 709-777-7679

Note: These listed contacts are active Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Newfoundland time, excluding holidays.

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Yukon

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Yukon Health and Social Services

Phone: 867-667-5695

Toll-free (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5695

Email: hss@gov.yk.ca

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Northwest Territories

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NWT Central Coordinating Services:

Phone: 855-846-9601 (toll-free) or 867-767-9050, extension 49008 (Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain)

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Nunavut

Nunavut Department of Health:

Email: info.maid@gov.nu.ca

Phone: 867-975-5700 (general inquiries)


Date modified: 2020-08-26