Assisted dying is legal in Canada. But in these early days after the passage of Bill C-14, we’re only now getting a glimpse of the challenges that stand in the way of Canadians looking to exercise their right to die with the help of a doctor or nurse practitioner. So far, we know that access is patchy and unequal.
In order to effect change, we need a clearer, more detailed picture of the barriers to access that exist. We need to search out these injustices, bring them out of the shadows and demand a more human alternative. And we can’t do it without your help.
That’s why we’re pleased to announce the launch of Dying With Dignity Canada’s Shine a Light Campaign. It’s an opportunity for you — the 85 per cent of Canadians who support the right to assisted dying — to ensure that safe, fair and timely access is available across the country.
How can you help Shine a Light? In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be calling on our supporters to:
- Contact local hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities where you live to ask about their policies on assisted dying, as part of our effort to build a Shine a Light Progress Map;
- Report to us about institutions or healthcare providers who are ignoring their patients’ wishes;
- Use Shine a Light digital advocacy tools to push decision-makers to remove unfair barriers to access;
- Share your story on our blog or in the media about how you’re shining a light on injustice.
Sign up for updates from the Shine a Light Campaign today and become a beacon of light for desperately ill individuals who want the choice at end of life. We’ll be in touch soon with more details on how you can expose — and ultimately, tear down — the unfair barriers that separate Canadians from their right to assisted dying.Sign up
Are you an employee or a volunteer at a healthcare institution that is impeding patient access to assisted dying? Are you a community member who's had difficulty getting your questions answered about your legal end-of-life options? Let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting a tip in the feedback form at the bottom of the page. We will follow up with you to get further information.
Individuals and families who themselves are encountering barriers to access are encouraged to contact DWDC’s Personal Support Program. Nino Sekopet, the program’s manager, provides information and emotional support to Canadians exploring their end-of-life options and will answer your questions about your rights as a patient. To contact Nino, email him at email@example.com or call him toll-free at 1-844-395-3640. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.