Canada’s Consultation on Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation

A group of Self-Advocates sitting or standing around a conference table.

Many people and families affected by disability have to advocate to receive even basic medical care and support.

Like Colin, who was offered “comfort measures only” when attending the ER with pneumonia.

At PLAN, we are worried about changes to the Medical Assistance in Dying legislation in Canada and how it will affect people with disabilities, especially the potential removal of the foreseeable death criteria.

The story for too many people is that “We are dying because we DON’T HAVE medical assistance.”

People want and need financial, practical and medical assistance and support to LIVE.

We must not forget the social determinants of health and the statutory duty to provide assistance.

While the inherent and equal value of all people is the foundation of our vibrant, inclusive and diverse community, there seems to be a sense that in the current media and governmental literature that “Canadians are wanting expanded eligibility for MAiD.”

Let’s make sure that the voices of people with disabilities and their families and caregivers are heard loud and clear!

PLAN is thankful to have be invited to the federal government’s consultation in Vancouver today and hope that you will also share your view using the online survey or by contacting your local MP.

Click here for the online survey: