Medical Assistance in Dying – Share your views with the Canadian government

On January 13, 2020, the federal government announced it is launching public consultations to review its Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation. This will consist of roundtable discussions with experts, as well as an online survey which will be open to the public until January 27.

MAiD is a deeply personal and very important issue to many Canadians, and we have heard from passionate advocates with various perspectives on this topic. At the Alzheimer Society of B.C., we believe that it is essential for people living with dementia and their families and caregivers to be consulted in discussions about MAiD. This online consultation includes topics such as eligibility, safeguards and advanced requests, including those related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We would like to encourage anyone who wishes to have their views included in the consultation to complete this questionnaire.

The public consultation is the result of a Quebec Superior Court ruling in September 2019, which deemed that the “reasonably foreseeable death” clause was too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. Though the two plaintiffs in this case were people living with physical disabilities, this ruling has implications for people living with dementia. As written, most people living with dementia would not meet the legislation’s criteria, because they would not be able to provide informed consent while also having their “natural death” be “reasonably foreseeable.” The judge delayed her ruling by six months in order to allow the federal government time to respond.

If you would like to share your views on MAiD, fill out the online questionnaire now.

For those who would prefer to fill out a paper copy, a PDF version of the questionnaire can also be printed and mailed or emailed. Instructions are included in the PDF document. The PDF version can be accessed here.

Questionnaires must be completed, emailed or mailed by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 27, 2020.

Last Updated: 01/16/2020