Medical assistance in dying
On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a landmark ruling establishing that doctors will no longer be prohibited from assisting competent adult persons with ending their own lives, when certain conditions of suffering and clarity of consent are met.
We are committed to working with our partners to determine how best to prepare doctors for this change in law. These partners include
- the Canadian Medical Association,
- our specialty committees,
- program directors,
- national specialty societies,
- the Canadian Medical Protective Association,
- medical regulatory authorities and
- the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Resources on medical assistance in dying:
- Medical Assistance in Dying: Exploring the Ethical Principles - workshop slides and workshop binder materials
- Medical Assistance in Dying – Index (Department of Justice, Government of Canada)
- Questions and Answers on the proposed medical assistance in dying legislation (Department of Justice, Government of Canada)
- Developing a Canadian approach to assisted dying (Canadian Medical Association)
- What the Supreme Court of Canada decision on physician-assisted dying means for physicians (Canadian Medical Protective Association)