Medical assistance in dying: Monitoring and reporting

Find out how and why we monitor and report medical assistance in dying in Canada, and access our annual reports.

Eligibility for MAID for persons suffering solely from a mental illness has been delayed until March 17, 2027.

The 4th Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada (2022) has been published.

In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, Health Canada has begun a multi-pillar engagement process on MAID, supporting both Indigenous-led engagement and federally-led activities, including an online engagement tool that is open until June 30, 2024. Learn more:

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Monitoring and reporting help us build transparency and public trust in the law. They also help to reflect the seriousness of medical assistance in dying as an exception to the criminal laws that prohibit ending a human life.

Medical assistance in dying regulations require mandatory reporting by:

According to the law, the Minister of Health must make regulations to collect information for the purpose of monitoring. This includes information about the characteristics of people requesting or receiving medical assistance in dying, if they agree to provide it, such as:

The Minister must also:

These public reports can give a clear picture of how the legislation is working and help us to understand its impact.

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Annual reports

Regulations require that the Minister of Health publish a report at least once a year using the information collected under the federal monitoring system for medical assistance in dying.

The reports provide information on several areas, including:

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Interim reports

Federal, provincial and territorial governments worked together to produce interim reports about medical assistance in dying until the regulations were established in 2018.

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