Government Science

Work with the professional medical community and relevant stakeholders to establish professional protocols in relation to decriminalizing medically-assisted death.

Liberal Website September 3, 2015
Jun 2016

Liberals' assisted-dying bill is now law after clearing final hurdles

CBC News June 17, 2016

The Liberal government's much debated and often criticized assisted dying bill is now law.

The bill received royal assent Friday afternoon after passing a final vote in the Senate earlier in the day. The bill was voted through after a final bid by senators failed to expand the scope of who qualifies for a doctor-assisted death.

Apr 2016

Doctor-assisted dying bill restricted to adults facing 'foreseeable' death

CBC News April 14, 2016

Doctor-assisted death will be restricted to mentally competent adults who have serious and incurable illness, disease or disability under new legislation tabled in Parliament today.

The long-awaited bill also sets out safeguards to protect vulnerable Canadians, but does not include some of the most contentious recommendations from a parliamentary committee, including extending the right to die to "mature minors" and the mentally ill, and allowing advance consent for patients with degenerative disorders.