The 2nd of June, Canadian Senator Pamela Wallin tabled Senate Public Bill S-248 to create possibilities for MAiD based on an advance request. Earlier this year, the Canadian Alzheimer Society spoke already out on Advance Requests for MAiD: Canadian Alzheimer Society speaks out on Advance Requests for MAiD – The World Federation of Right to Die Societies (wfrtds.org)
Bill S-248 seeks an exemption to the Criminal Code of Canada to allow for advance requests for medical assistance in dying for Canadians diagnosed with a serious or incurable disease, illness or disability. The bill would allow Canadians to waive the requirement for final consent when receiving MAID if they lose capacity and it will allow provinces and territories to legally create advance request frameworks.
In 2021 and earlier this year, Dying with Dignity Canada paid attention to the topic:
- Dementia, MAID, and other end-of-life options | Dying With Dignity Canada
- Advance requests: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review | Dying With Dignity Canada
- Webinar summary: C-7’s impact and what comes next | Dying With Dignity Canada
Read the bill below (in English and French).