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.