Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) refers to a doctor or nurse practitioner helping an eligible person, at the patient's capable, voluntary, and explicit request, to end their life. MAiD became legal in the Criminal Code of Canada in June 2016, and underwent legislative review and changes again in early 2021 setting out the current eligibility requirements, safeguards, and assessment processes under which medical assistance in dying can be provided to an eligible patient.
Deciding to have medical assistance in dying is deeply personal. Anyone thinking about this is encouraged to talk with their family, their loved ones, and/or anyone else who can support them through the process, including the doctor or nurse practitioner caring for them.
It is normal to have questions. Visit our subpages below to learn more about the option of assisted dying. You’ll notice that there are two streams, this is because depending on whether your natural death is reasonably foreseeable or not, the process and criteria are different.
Find answers to common questions about how it works, eligibility, palliative care and more.
We are working diligently to create and update resource materials. Step-by-step process guides are coming soon.
Whatever you decide, your health care team is here to work with you through this process and to honour and respect your wishes. If you, your health provider, or your family have more questions about medical assistance in dying, please contact the Assisted Dying Program directly:
Phone: 1-844-550-5556 (within BC) or 604-875-4249 (outside of BC)