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What is Medical Assistance in Dying?

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is a procedure in which a patient is given medications to intentionally and safely end their life. Federal law governs who is eligible for MAiD, and the processes under which a patient can receive it.

Who is eligible to receive MAiD?

Patients wishing to receive MAiD must meet all criteria outlined by Federal Law. To learn more about the criteria, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How does the process work?

Patients should speak to their family physician, nurse practitioner or specialist physician about their wish for MAiD. Once our team receives a referral for you, we will reach out to you and discuss your individual needs.

If you decide to proceed, we will arrange for a physician or nurse practitioner to complete your assessments. They will discuss your medical condition with you and your loved ones. They will make sure that you have considered all the services or treatments that are available. These may include comfort care, pain control, hospice care, palliative care or other options.

Should you choose to go ahead with MAiD, you can change your mind and stop the process at any time.

Not all physicians and health professionals are willing to participate in MAiD; therefore, they may choose to refer you to another practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For more information on MAiD, please see our FAQs.

MAID Resources

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If you have questions, please discuss them with your physician or with a member of your health-care team.

MAiD Information is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Ontario MAiD Care Coordination Service information line at 1-866-286-4023.

Last updated on: March 23rd, 2022