Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
We need protect the value of every person’s life regardless of abilities, age, or health.
The federal government announced that it will make changes to Canada’s law on Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID).
Medical Assistance In Dying needs robust safeguards that will help protect the lives of people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
The Department of Justice is now conducting a public consultation process. Our community needs to participate in this survey so that the government will consider adding essential safeguards to the law — safeguards which are essential to prevent errors or abuse that could ultimately lead to the unfair loss of life for people with disabilities, mental health issues, or age-related illnesses.
You can participate in the Canadian Government consultations by filling out the online questionnaire about Medical Assisitance In Dying for the Department of Justice.
Please complete the federal goverment’s questionnaire today:
The deadline to submit a response to the questionnaire is January 27, 2020.
MAID: Vulnerable Person Standard
Evidence-based safeguards to protect the lives of all Canadians
The Vulnerable Persons Standard was created to support the development of Canada's response to the Carter decision, and assist policy-makers now working to regulate the practice of medical assistance in dying. All aspects of the Standard remain relevant following the 2019 Truchon decision.
The Standard incorporates five evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards help to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion, inducement to suicide and abuse.
Who is at risk?
Canadians living with severe disabilities, mental illness and dementia, as well as seniors living in long term care may be more vulnerable to stigma, abuse, coercion, isolation and depression. Consequently, they may be more inclined to suicidal ideation, intent and behaviour. The psycho-social needs of vulnerable Canadians can be met by providing appropriate care and support, significantly reducing mental anguish as well as a person’s motivation to request physician-assisted death.
To learn more: Vulnerable Persons Standard
Please complete the federal questionnaire today:
All responses to the questionnaire must be submitted by January 27, 2020.