Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Medical Assistance in Dying (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 provide a medication to the client so that the client may self-administer the medication and, in doing so, cause their own death. MAiD legislation has existed in Canada since 2016.

On March 17 2021, new MAiD legislation came into effect in Canada. We are currently updating our MAiD practice support tools to reflect the changes in the legislation and they will be available soon.  The Department of Justice website also has many helpful resources, including an infographic that clearly outlines changes to the new MAiD law.

If you have questions about your nursing accountabilities related to MAiD, please contact a Practice Consultant at practice@nscn.ca.