Medical Assitance in Dying

December 12, 2018

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released its Experts Panel Report on Medical Assistance in Dying.

CIC Director Dr. Tim Stainton was privileged to serve as an expert on this panel.


In December 2016, the CCA was asked by then Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould to undertake independent reviews related to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Specifically, the CCA was tasked with examining three particularly complex types of requests for MAID that were identified for further review and study in the legislation passed by Parliament in 2016: requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition.

On December 12, 2018 the CCA released the three final reports of the Expert Panel, one on each type of request: The State of Knowledge on Medical Assistance in Dying for Mature MinorsThe State of Knowledge on Advance Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying; and The State of Knowledge on Medical Assistance in Dying Where a Mental Disorder is the Sole Underlying Medical Condition.

For more information about the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship’s work in this area, review the Human Flourishing Research Project.