The MAiD Process
The MAiD process begins when a patient makes a written request for MAiD. The province-specific request form must be witnessed by 2 independent witnesses. The next step is for a clinician (specifically a physician or a nurse practitioner) to meet with the patient to help determine if they are eligible for this care. The process for determining eligibility may include more than 1 meeting, more than one clinician and certainly a full review of the medical records. A second independent assessor must then do the same. If two assessors independently agree the eligibility criteria are met, a MAID procedure can then be planned. The first step is to speak to your family physician; if they are unable to answer your questions, it is possible you can self-refer to a local MAiD provider (see our section on Finding Help).
Who is eligible?

According to Bill C14

    • You must be an ADULT (This is defined as being 18 years of age or older)

 

    • You must be eligible to receive Canadian health care- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, landed immigrants and refugees all qualify. At this time, non-Canadians are not able to access MAiD in Canada, even if paying privately.

 

    • You must be suffering from a GRIEVOUS and IRREMEDIABLE condition. This is further defined as someone having a serious illness, disease or disability that puts you in an irreversible, advanced state of decline, that causes intolerable suffering and will lead to your natural death in the foreseeable future.
    • Your request for MAiD must be made voluntarily, free from pressure from anyone else
    • You must be CAPABLE of making this request- this means your request for MAiD can only happen after you have a clear understanding of your medical condition and have been informed of other treatment options, including palliative care. You must be capable at the time of the request for MAID and be able to give informed consent at the time of the procedure itself. No one else can ever request this care or give consent on your behalf.
Finding help
Alberta Alberta Health Services MAiD

Phone: 811 (AHS Health Link)
Email: MAID.careteam@ahs.ca
British Columbia
ManitobaManitoba MAiD Team

Phone: 204-926-1380
Email: maid@wrha.mb.ca
New Brunswick
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  • Newfoundland and LabradorMAID NL & Labrador

    Provincial coordinator: Dr. Aaron McKim
    Phone: 709-729-3103
    Email: aaron.mckim@gov.nl.ca
    Northwest TerritoriesHealth & Social Services Central Coordinating Services

    Phone: 1-855-846-9601 (toll-free) or 867-767-9050, ext. 49008
    Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Health Authority MAID Information

    Phone: 902-491-5892 (local Halifax number)
    Nunavut Nunavut Department of Health
    Phone: 867-975-5700 (general inquiries)
    Email: info.maid@gov.nu.ca
    Ontario Medical Assistance in Dying and End-of-life Decisions

    Care Coordination Service
    Phone (toll-free): 1-866-286-4023
    TTY: 1-844-953-3350
    Prince Edward Island Health PEI Medical Assistance in Dying
    Call 811 for more information.
    Email: healthpei@gov.pe.ca
    Quebec
    Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Health Authority Medical Assistance in Dying

    Phone: 811 (HealthLine)
    Yukon Yukon Health and Social Services Medical Assistance in Dying

    Phone: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5695 (toll-free) or 867-667-5695
    Email: hss@gov.yk.ca
    More provincial and territorial contact information for end-of-life care services from the Government of Canada
    Support for family members

    While our primary goal is to support the people involved in delivering care, we also recognize the importance of supporting the patients and families going through this process.We hope this website can provide some useful resources and encourage you to speak with your individual care providers for detailed guidance.

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    Testimonial - read

     

    From Daughter to Mother

    Our Mother was waiting for the time when she could legally end her suffering. She celebrated the Supreme Court Ruling and ratification of the right to have Medical Aid in Dying. My Brothers and I supported her wishes and walked every step of the way with her until her death. She and we received clear and compassionate care and she was able to die the way she lived, with elegance and dignity.

    Many members of our family were in attendance for the last days of her life. What a privilege to say goodbye the way we did, to tell stories, to hear her last words of wisdom, different for each one of us and then to hold her hand while she left us. We are grateful that Mom could avail herself of this opportunity. We all feel that the right to choose when the time is right is the highest form of compassion.

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