Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is a medical procedure. It involves the administration of medications to intentionally and safely end the life of an adult patient who meets strict legal criteria, at the request of the patient. Federal law C-14 governs who is eligible, and the processes under which MAID can be delivered to a patient.
No health care provider is required to provide or participate in MAID, however all health providers have professional responsibilities specific to their regulatory bodies (links to those responsibilities are listed below.)
The Ottawa Hospital is respectful of health-care providers right to conscientiously refuse to participate in medical assistance in dying based on moral or religious beliefs. Physicians or nurse practitioners who object to medical assistance in dying will not be required to participate in the decisions or in the resulting actions. However, they must refer the patient to a physician or nurse practitioner who is able to participate based on recommendations from their governing college. Referrals may also be directed to the Ontario MAID Care Coordination Service at 1-866-286-4023 for support in meeting any referral requirements. The care coordination service information line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Referral services are available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST in English and French (translations for other languages can also be requested). TTY (voice-to-text and text-to-voice) services are also available at 1-844-953-3350.
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) – MAID Policy
- Ontario College of Family Physicians – MAID
- Canadian Medical Association Education – MAID
Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For more information on MAID, please see our FAQs (PDF).
Resources for health-care providers
- Alberta Heath Services values based self-assessment tool for health-care providers
- CANMAP website
- CANMAP toolkit
- CPSO – 10 things patients should know about MAID
- CPSO – Guidelines for effective referral
- CPSO MAID FAQs
- National Nursing Framework on MAID
Documents for health-care providers
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – handout for patients
- Centre for Effective Practice Clinical Pathway – MAID
- Clinician Aid A
- Clinician Aid B
- Clinician Aid C
If you have questions, please discuss them with your physician or with a member of your health-care team. For more information about MAID, contact The Ottawa Hospital MAID Program: firstname.lastname@example.org.