Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying

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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

Phone: 604-587-7878

Other resources:


Interior Health:

Email: [email protected]

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

Other resources:


Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority):

Email: [email protected]

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

Other resources:


Northern Health:

Email: [email protected]

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

Other resources:


Vancouver Coastal Health:

Email: [email protected]

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

Other resources:


More information:

Alberta

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Alberta Health Services MAID Team

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 811 (AHS Health Link)

Other resources:

Saskatchewan

To get a copy of the Patient Request Form, please contact the MAID navigation program at the contact number below. 

To receive information or to access forms on/for medical assistance in dying, please contact the provincial medical assistance in dying program or visit the website. The provincial medical assistance in dying program operates Monday-Friday 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. We are closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

Phone: 811 and select number 5

Toll-Free: 1-833-473-6243

Website: www.saskhealthauthority.ca

Manitoba

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

Email: [email protected]

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

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

Other resources:

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)

Other resources:

Association Québécoise pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (AQDMD)
Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity
514-341-4017
[email protected]

New Brunswick

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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: [email protected]


Vitalité Health Network:

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

Email: [email protected]

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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: [email protected]

For more information, call 811

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Provincial coordinator: Dr. Aaron McKim

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 709-729-3103 (local)


Labrador-Grenfell Health:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 709-897-2350


Western Health:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 709-637-5000 ext. 5168


Central Health:

Email: [email protected]

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


Eastern Health:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 709-777-2250

Toll-free: 1-833-777-2250

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

Other resources:

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: [email protected]

Other resources:

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)

Other resources:

Nunavut

Nunavut Department of Health:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 867-975-5700 (general inquiries)

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