On June 17, 2016, the federal government enacted legislation regulating the provision of medical assistance in dying (MAiD). MAiD refers to the process where, at the client’s request, an NP or physician has the ability to prescribe and administer a medication to the client causing their death or prescribes or provides a medication to the client so that the client may self-administer the medication and in so doing cause their own death. Our practice support tools are available to help nurses understand their professional accountabilities with respect to aiding in the provision of MAiD.
We are monitoring the status of proposed new MAiD legislation. The proposed amendments to this legislation will not become law until they have gone through the legislative process in Parliament and receive Royal Assent. We will update the MAiD practice support tools for nurses as this happens. Our Medical Assistance in Dying practice support tools are up to date and reflect current legislation.