Independent witness program

DWDC coordinates a group of volunteers who can serve as independent witnesses for assisted dying requests.

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) has volunteers who are available to act as independent witnesses or proxies for written requests for MAiD.

Under federal legislation, one independent witness is required for the signing of MAiD requests. As well, a proxy is permitted to sign the form for the MAID applicant, if the requester is physically unable to do so. DWDC volunteers can take on either role.

Independent witnessing of a MAiD request by DWDC volunteers can be done in a hospital setting, in a long-term care facility or seniors’ residence, or in a person’s home.

DWDC volunteer witnesses have been carefully screened and respect applicant confidentiality.

This is a free service.

If you would like further information regarding this service, contact

Louise Schwartz, Independent Witnessing Coordinator
[email protected]