News Release

Federal legislation on medical assistance in dying

Apr 14, 2016

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario welcomes the introduction of the federal government’s legislation on medical assistance in dying. 

“The introduction of legislation is an important step by the federal government towards establishing a pan-Canadian framework to govern the provision of medical assistance in dying,” said College President, Dr. Joel Kirsh. 

“We are reviewing the legislation in the context of our Interim Guidance document.”

As the dialogue on medical assistance in dying continues, it is essential that patient autonomy and choice remain at the forefront of discussions. 

The legislation importantly speaks to a pan-Canadian approach to data collection and reporting. The federal government should also work together with the provinces and territories to facilitate a pan-Canadian approach to ensure access to medical assistance in dying to eligible patients, no matter where they reside in Canada.