Medical assistance in dying: Support and resources

Services and support programs we're investing in and contact information and resources to help you learn about medical assistance in dying (MAID) in your province or territory. If you're a health care professional, you can also find professional resources for your jurisdiction, where available.

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We're supporting better access to different services that may be able to help you and those close to you.

Palliative care

To better meet the palliative and end-of-life care needs of people living in Canada, we're committed to:

  • implementing the Action Plan on Palliative Care
    • this lays out our multi year plan to tackle issues identified in the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada
  • providing investments for better home care, including palliative care
  • supporting provincial and territorial home and palliative care services

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Disability inclusion

The Government released Canada's first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan in October 2022. This plan is a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to disability inclusion. It makes sure all of our programs consider disability and identifies targeted investments in key areas to drive change. It builds on existing programs and measures that seek to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities and establishes new and meaningful actions.

Canada's Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Mental health

To better meet the mental health needs of people in Canada, we're supporting and investing in services and supports across the country.

We provide funding for provincial and territorial mental health and substance use services. We made a big investment in this area over 10 years beginning in 2017.

We are also providing a healthcare funding package for provinces and territories which will help improve access to mental health and substance use services.

We're also investing in COVID-19 supports to provide help throughout the pandemic and into recovery, such as:

  • mental health and virtual supports so people can access services from home
  • Wellness Together Canada, an online portal, which provides free, immediate, 24/7 access to mental health and substance use supports to individuals across Canada

We're also making extra efforts and investments to:

  • reduce the stigma and discrimination attached to:
    • mental illness
    • substance use
    • poor mental health
  • strengthen protective factors that lead to positive mental health
  • reduce and address the risk factors that can lead to mental illness and suicide.

We're investing in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with our partners:

  • Crisis Services Canada
  • the Canadian Mental Health Association

This will support their suicide prevention services across the country.

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Mental health support

If you need mental health support, contact:

To connect with a mental health professional for free at any time:

  • call 1-888-668-6810 or text WELLNESS to 686868 for youth
  • call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 741741 for adults

If you're a frontline worker, text FRONTLINE to 741741.



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Provincial and territorial

Your provincial or territorial government can provide information on MAID within your area, where available.

If you're a health care professional, your provincial or territorial regulatory college can support and advise you if you receive a request for MAID.


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British Columbia

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New Brunswick

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Northwest Territories

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Nova Scotia

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Prince Edward Island

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