Seeking Your Input on Doctor-Assisted Dying and End-of-Life Decisions

Assisted Dying ConversationsThe Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is looking for input on the topic of physician-assisted dying and end-of-life care decisions. Your feedback will be used to inform the MOHLTC’s approach to the sensitive and complex topic of end-of-life decisions and will help ensure that any future laws or policies meet the needs of people, respect personal wishes and support death with dignity.

How To Engage

  • Attend the Local Session
    Register to attend the local Windsor engagement session.
    Date: January 16, 2016
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn & Suites Ambassador Bridge - 1855 Huron Church Road
    Register: Call 1-844-438-5539 or online at https://ipsospasurveys.com/s/endoflifeconsultations/
  • Complete the online survey
    The online survey is available until January 22, 2016. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. http://www.ipsosresearch.com/endoflifedecisionssurvey/
    If you require support in completing the online survey for accessibility reasons, call 1-866-477-6753 and leave a message with your contact information. A survey representative will help you complete the survey by phone.

To help understand the background to this engagement, it’s important to know that in February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying (also known as assisted suicide). The ruling applies to a competent adult who:

  • Clearly consents to the termination of life; and
  • Has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition

The court gave governments one year to consider the development of new laws and practices for physician-assisted dying. Ontario, together with 10 other provinces and territories, established an advisory group of patient, health care, ethics and legal experts to examine physician-assisted dying.

After speaking to organizations and experts from around the country, the advisory group has released its final report and recommendations (PDF).
You can find more information by visiting: http://www.ontario.ca/page/doctor-assisted-dying-and-end-life-decisions-consultation