Medical Assistance in Dying: Overview of Federal Government Response

Archived information

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

Supreme Court of Canada Carter Decision

Overview of Federal Government Response to Carter

Other federal measures:

Key Legislative Objectives

Brief Outline of the Legislation

“Medical assistance in dying” is defined as:

Proposed patient eligibility criteria:

Exceptions from criminal liability would apply to:

Safeguards that must be respected:

Medical assistance in dying would not result in loss of federal pensions and benefits.

Parliamentary review to occur in 5 years.

Federal Monitoring System and Offences

Minister of Health will make regulations on:


Other Federal Responses (non-legislative)