Status of Medical Assistance in Dying Law as of June 7, 2016

Archived information

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

Until federal criminal legislation is passed by Parliament and comes into force, individual provinces and territories will determine how medical assistance in dying is delivered through their respective health laws, regulations or guidelines.

The interim court approval process established by the Supreme Court in January 2016 is no longer available, or required, to access medical assistance in dying. 

It is important that patients contact their physician or health care provider directly for questions about end-of-life care options and their provincial or territorial health ministries for information specific to their province or territory.

Physicians who require information on medical assistance in dying can contact their provincial or territorial college of physicians and surgeons and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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