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 Personal Support team by emailing support@dyingwithdignity.ca or calling us toll-free at 1-844-395-3640. Our Personal 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.

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General information about assisted dying in Canada

British Columbia

Regional MAID contacts:

Fraser Health:

Interior Health:

Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority):

Northern Health:

Vancouver Coastal Health:

Other resources:

Alberta

Alberta Health Services MAID Team

Other resources:

Saskatchewan

Email: MAIDReginaArea@saskhealthauthority.ca

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

Manitoba

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

Other resources:

Ontario

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.)

Other resources:

Quebec

  • Phone number for the Québec City region: 418-644-4545
  • Phone number for the Montreal region: 514-644-4545
  • Phone number for the rest of Quebec: 877-644-4545 (toll-free)

More information:

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

  • Phone: 506-457-4800 (local number)
  • Email (from a web browser only)

Regional MAID contacts

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

Other resources:

Nova Scotia

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.

More information:

Prince Edward Island

Health PEI:

More information:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial coordinator: Dr. Aaron McKim

Regional contacts:

Labrador-Grenfell Health:

Western Health:

Central Health:

Eastern Health:

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

More information:

Yukon

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

More information:

Northwest Territories

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: