Privacy Statement - Medical Assistance in Dying

The Department of Justice Canada takes the privacy of the respondents to this questionnaire very seriously. By completing the online questionnaire, or by submitting a completed questionnaire through email or postal mail, you are consenting to the Department of Justice Canada using and disclosing the information it collects about your views on Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation. The collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information is governed by the Privacy Act. To learn more about your privacy rights, please visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website.

A third-party platform, Simple Survey, hosts the online engagement on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada. Before completing the questionnaire, please carefully review the Simple Survey’s Privacy Policy. The data is collected and stored in Canada, in Microsoft Canada data centres.

What information is collected by the Department of Justice Canada?

The Department of Justice Canada collects some of your information when you complete this questionnaire, including:

  • your province or territory of residence
  • whether you live in a rural or urban area
  • your IP address (if you complete the online questionnaire)
  • your email address (if you submit a PDF version of this questionnaire through email)
  • your mailing address (if you submit your questionnaire through postal mail and provide a return address)
  • any comments you provide
  • questions with voting responses (e.g. yes/no, agree/disagree, etc.)

The same information will be collected through email and mailed in submissions.

Why do we collect this information?

To collect your feedback to inform better policy.

The information is collected under the authority of the Department of Justice Act and the Criminal Code. The Department of Justice Canada is collecting this information to help inform the development of better policy related to Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation. Medical assistance in dying became legal in Canada in June 2016. Canada’s Criminal Code now exempts doctors and nurse practitioners who provide, or help to provide, medical assistance in dying. The information collected during this consultation may therefore be used by the Department of Justice Canada for policy analysis/development and research purposes.

Who has access to this information?

The information collected could also be shared with other departments and agencies within the Government of Canada for research and policy development purposes related to Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation. Information available to the researchers may include:

  • basic information described above
  • your comments
  • your voting responses

Participating in this consultation is voluntary, and acceptance or refusal to participate will in no way affect any relationship with the Department of Justice Canada or the Government of Canada.

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Your consent

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right of access to, and correction of, your personal information. To exercise either of these rights, you must make a request for access to your personal information.

Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints you may have regarding this Statement, your privacy rights and the Privacy Act may be directed to You have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the institution’s handling of your personal information by email at or by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.

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