Medical Assistance in Dying

This is where you will find important updates, information and resources that impact nurses in Ontario.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) came into effect on June 17, 2016. Bill C-14 allowed eligible people to receive medical assistance in dying. It established safeguards for clients and offered protection to health professionals who, in keeping with the law, provide medical assistance in dying.

MAID, as defined in the Criminal Code, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-462, is when:

  • A Nurse Practitioner (NP) or physician provides assistance by administering a medication to a client, at their request, that causes their death (i.e., practitioner assisted MAID) or,
  • An NP or physician prescribes or provides a medication to a client at their request, so that they may self-administer the medication, and in doing so, cause their own death (i.e., client self-administered MAID)  
Timeline of Medical Assistance in Dying law

For more information, read the Guidance on Nurses’ Roles in Medical Assistance in Dying.

Documentation Tools for NPs

NPs are accountable for meeting the expectations for documentation outlined in the Documentation and Nurse Practitioner practice standards. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed clinician aids to support the provision of MAID




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Page last reviewed March 01, 2023