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Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying

Bill C-14, legislation on medical assistance in dying, received royal assent on June 17, 2016. On June 18, Bill C-14 was passed by the Senate by a vote of 44-28.

  • The final bill maintains that "natural death must be reasonably foreseeable."

  • Legal immunity is granted to anyone who does anything for the purposes of assisting death at another's request.

  • The provision preventing a beneficiary from consenting to assisted death on behalf of another or participating is assisted death was removed.

Click on the Canadian Flag to read more about the bill on the Government of Canada Department of Justice website.


Nova Scotia Health Authority Medical Assistance in Dying: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated June 13, 2016). Read more


Canadian Senate removes near-death requirement from assisted-dying bill. Read more


Pope Francis calls euthanasia triumph of selfishness, not act of compassion. Read more


Archbishop Mancini's Pastoral Letter on Physician Assisted Dying. Read more


Jean Vanier: In assisted dying, remember this: We all are fragile. Read more


Vulnerable Persons Standard: evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians in response to Bill C-14. Read more


Canadian Hospice Palliative Association. Read more


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) webpage on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Read more


National CWL website resources: Read more


Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Read more

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