About the Proposed Legislation

Archived information

Bill C-14, legislation on medical assistance in dying, received royal assent on June 17, 2016. For more information, visit canada.ca/health

Proposed legislation has been introduced that would give dying patients, who are suffering intolerably from a serious medical condition, the choice of a medically-assisted death. 

The proposed legislation and safeguards were carefully designed to:

Changes to the Criminal Code

To enable access to medical assistance in dying in Canada, the Criminal Code would be changed so that:


Under the proposed legislation, medical assistance in dying would be available to a person who meets all of the following criteria:

Eligibility—questions and answers


Safeguards proposed in the Bill include all of the following:

Safeguards—questions and answers

Further study

The government would be required to initiate one or more independent reviews to study the issues surrounding mature minors, people who suffer only from mental illness, and advance requests in the context of medical assistance in dying, within 180 days of the legislation receiving Royal Assent.