Bill C-7 Update on Standard of Practice for Medical Assistance in Dying

It is important for members to know that the legal framework for the CPSM Standard of Practice for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) changed with the passage of Bill C-7 on March 17, 2021.

The Standard makes clear that it is subject to existing legislation and regulations governing any aspect of MAID which come into force and effect. Any such legislation takes priority over the requirements of the MAID Standard of Practice where there is any inconsistency. CPSM is reviewing the Standard as it relates to eligibility criteria and procedural safeguards and will soon be updating it in a manner consistent with the legislative changes. In the meantime, information regarding the new legal framework is available on the Department of Justice website and members who are involved in MAID must ensure that they comply with the recent changes to the Criminal Code as they relate to MAID.