MAiD is a highly regulated, non-violent medical intervention for eligible patients making a considered choice. Trained healthcare professionals and, in many cases, loved ones are involved in the process. Suicide is often a violent act carried out in isolation, leaving loved ones in sudden, devastating grief.
Feeling hopeless does not make you eligible for MAiD. For all patients there are strict eligibility criteria and robust procedural safeguards. For patients whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable, including patients with a sole underlying mental disorder, there are additional procedural safeguards.
No. Clinicians listen and provide information so that patients can make informed choices about their care. If the patient makes a voluntary and informed request, is eligible to access MAID, and has completed all procedural safeguards, a patient may then request that the clinician provide them with MAiD.
MAiD was enshrined into law following constitutional court challenges that were brought and won by people with both terminal and non-terminal illnesses, ensuring patients can exercise their constitutional right to compassionate end of life care.
There are robust safeguards to ensure that a patient’s decision to access MAiD cannot be made in the spur of the moment and without appropriate clinician consultation. Patients must have the capacity to make an informed and voluntary decision.
MAiD is not a replacement but rather part of the continuum of end-of-life care. CAMAP supports the investment into palliative care healthcare services.
As healthcare providers, we feel all Canadians should have access to needed social supports. But the law is clear — MAiD cannot be accessed based on social inequities alone. It does not replace these supports but provides choices to eligible patients.
CAMAP is the leading professional body of MAiD supporters and practitioners, connecting professionals and fostering community to ensure no MAiD practitioner feels isolated. Members access education, networking, and mentorship to deliver the highest standards of MAiD care.
Clinicians are protected from civil liability when following all MAiD laws, including the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial policies. MAiD professionals are encouraged to take the nationally-accredited Canadian MAiD Curriculum to adhere to the highest standard of care.
CAMAP is the leading body of professionals in the field of medical assistance in dying. As the sole member-led organization for MAiD professionals, CAMAP fosters community and offers education, mentorship, and support to ensure the highest standard of care