Federal Consultation - Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

Tuesday, 21 January 2020
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Copy of Federal Consultation on Medical Assistance in Dying MAID Eligibility Criteria and Request Process 2

Source: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) - January 20 2020

About the Consultation

On Monday, 13 January 2020, the Government of Canada, through the Department of Justice, launched a two-week general public consultation on the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide (which the Government refers to as "Medical Assistance in Dying"/MAiD). This consultation follows the September 2019 Superior Court of Québec ruling which found it unconstitutional to limit access to MAiD only to individuals nearing the end of life and which gave the federal government the option to appeal the decision or amend legislation within six months. The Government of Canada chose not to appeal the Québec court ruling, but instead has indicated it would be prepared to change the law for the entire country.

The consultation targets one specific component of the legislation ("Eligibility Criteria") and is intended to help the Government form its response to the Québec ruling. The survey does not ask whether or not euthanasia/assisted-suicide should be expanded to include persons with disabilities, that instead is assumed. It concentrates on whether a person should be allowed to request euthanasia/assisted suicide by means of his or her own advance directives or whether the Government's current "safeguards" are sufficient to prevent abuse of or pressure on patients whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable, such as individuals with mental health conditions or physical disabilities.

What Can I Do?

The consultation invites the public to share their views with the Government on the legislative changes under consideration regarding the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide. The consultation – available online or in PDF format – closes on Monday, 27 January 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

CCCB Message  (Link to CCCB website) 


Additional Information:

For detailed explanation on Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) and Euthanasia please consider following sources:

  1. Catholic Organization for Life and Family - Resources, Documentation
  2. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) - Documentation - References
  3. Pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Entitled Remaining True to Christ Now and at the Hour of our Death, (published 15 January 2020)
  4. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC)  - Survey Q & A's
  5. Grandin Media Articles on Euthanasia
  6. Wikipedia Descripton of Euthanasia - (Canada)
  7. Coalition for HealthCare and Conscience



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Online English: https://justice.survey-sondage.ca/f/s.aspx?s=6E6210A5-E100-4201-A55D-CFB52ADA1C0C

Online French: https://justice.survey-sondage.ca/f/s.aspx?s=6E6210A5-E100-4201-A55D-CFB52ADA1C0C&lang=FR


PDF English: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cons/ad-am/survey_maid_eng.pdf

PDF French: https://www.justice.gc.ca/fra/cons/am-ad/survey_maid_fra.pdf