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Revised Guidelines for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Effect

November 21, 2017
The College has released revised Guidelines for Medical Assistance in Dying.

In July 2016, the College released Interim Guidelines for Medical Assistance in Dying knowing that the provincial government would be creating legislation related to the oversight and delivery of MAiD within Ontario. The College has been closely monitoring the implementation of MAiD and in May 2017, the Ontario government passed legislation that provides further direction for health care providers. The revised Guidelines reflect these updates.

The revised Guidelines:

  • include information about the May 2017 Ontario legislation
  • clarify the scope of the OT role in MAiD
  • add newly available resources
  • remove the reference to the interim nature of the document.
View the Guidelines under Standards and Resources.

The Guidelines come into effect immediately and replace the Interim Guidelines for Medical Assistance in Dying, 2016.

Please contact the College’s Practice Resource Service with any questions at practice@coto.org or 416.214.1177/1.800.890.6570 ext 240.

The federal and provincial governments are required to monitor and report on MAiD. In October 2017, Health Canada released its 2nd Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada. According to the report, which is based on available data, there have been 1982 medically assisted deaths in Canada from June 2016-June 2017. Additional detail can be found in the report.