Consultations on Physician-Assisted Dying - Summary of Results and Key Findings

Annex H: Chronology of Key External Panel Activities

December 15, 2015 – the Panel's report is submitted to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott.

November 9 – December 14, 2015 – Preparation of final report summarizing results and key findings from Panel consultations.

October 20 – November 6, 2015 – Direct consultations held with 92 representatives from 46 organizations and groups of interveners in the Carter v. Canada case, medical regulatory authorities and stakeholders.

October 7, 2015News release - Federal Panel Studies U.S. Approach to Physician-Assisted Dying.

October 1 – 3, 2015 – Federal Panel undertakes study tour to gain insight into assisted dying practices in Oregon, United States.

September 21, 2015News release - Federal Panel gains insight into assisted dying practices in European countries.

September 4, 2015News release - Federal Panel on Physician-Assisted Dying begins a European study tour.

August 30 – September 9, 2015 – Federal Panel undertakes study tour to gain insight into assisted dying practices in European countries.

August 28, 2015News release announcing launch of online questionnaire - the 'Issue Book' - giving Canadians an opportunity to voice their views and concerns on how physician-assisted dying will be implemented in Canada.

August 28, 2015 – Panel member Dr. Catherine Frazee meets with Dianne Pothier, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie, Steven Estey, Human Rights Officer for Disabled Peoples International, and Anna MacQuarrie, Human Rights Officer for Inclusion International.

August 26 – 27, 2015 – Second in-person working session in Halifax to plan the Panel's European study tour.

August 20, 2015 – Panel member Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov meets with Dr. Mary Shariff, Professor in the Faculty of Law at University of Manitoba.

August 10, 2015 and ongoing – Submissions and comments received through the website are reviewed and the Panel undertakes ongoing research and meetings with subject-matter experts to further inform their work and prepare for in-person consultations, scheduled to resume following the federal election.

August 4, 2015 – The Panel's web site continues to receive submissions and comments from interested stakeholders and Canadians. Research and development of the on- line consultation tool is ongoing.

August 2nd, 2015 – The federal election is announced and the Panel suspends direct consultations with interveners in the Carter v. Canada case and relevant medical authorities, during the election period. Direct consultations are scheduled to resume, as soon as practical, following the election on October 19th, 2015.

July 31st, 2015 – Invitations are sent to interveners in the Carter v. Canada case and relevant medical authorities. The Panel is looking forward to engaging them in consultations.

July 29th, 2015 – At the invitation of the Chair, the Panel met with two independent experts: Jocelyn Downie, a Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University and a member of the faculty of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute and Dr. Susan Sherwin, Research Professor Emerita, Department of Philosophy and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

July 27th– 28th, 2015 – First working session and substantive discussions by panel members in Halifax on how best to deliver on their mandate.

July 21th, 2015 – Courtesy briefings by officials from the Departments of Justice and Health in Ottawa.

July 20th, 2015 – First introductory meeting of panel members in Ottawa.

July 17th, 2015Government of Canada Establishes External Panel on options for a legislative response to Carter v. Canada.