Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
The term Medical Assistance in Dying, also referred to as MAID, describes a procedure in which a patient is given medications to intentionally and safely end their life. Federal law governs who is eligible for Medical Assistance and Dying, and the processes under which a patient can receive it. It is important to note that individuals must meet all eligibility criteria outlined by the Government of Canada which can be found here: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html#a2
Making a Request
Patients should speak with their primary care provider for options about care and treatment, which may include MAID, palliative care or other end-of-life options.
Ontario has an established care coordination service to assist patients, family members, caregivers, friends and clinicians who are looking for information and access to support for MAID and other end-of-life options.
The Care Coordination service information line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be reached toll free at 1-866-286-4023. Referral services are available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in English and French (translations for other languages can also be requested). TTY services are also available at 1-844-953-3350.
Talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner or care provider about your options for medical treatment and care, including MAID. If your health care provider does not provide MAID information or services, it is their responsibility to refer you to a doctor or nurse practitioner who is available and willing to assess your eligibility.
If you do not have a doctor, Home and Community Care Support Services can provide support through a regional coordination service and connect you with resources to help you along the way. For a referral, please call 310-2222 (no area code required).
For more information:
Government of Ontario:
- Ministry of Health medical assistance in dying information – https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/maid/
- Information for Patients (PDF) – https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/maid/docs/maid.pdf
- Medical assistance in dying and end-of-life decisions – https://www.ontario.ca/page/medical-assistance-dying-and-end-life-decisions
Government of Canada:
- Medical Assistance in Dying Information – https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html