Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislative changes

May 5, 2021

On March 17, 2021, changes were made to the medical assistance in dying law (MAID). The revised law mainly modifies MAID eligibility criteria and safeguards in response to the Superior Court of Québec’s 2019 Truchon decision. 

The law maintains the ability of an individual whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable (with revisions to conditions) to receive MAID but also added provisions that no longer require a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable as an eligibility criterion for MAID.  

The AHS SUMMARY of BILL C-7 Changes to MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING outlines the changes in three categories: 


  1. All individuals seeking MAID; 

  2. Individuals whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable; and 

  3. Individuals whose natural death is NOT reasonably foreseeable. 

Alberta Health Services is revising its practices to align with the legislation. As such: 

  • MAID requests completed before March 17, 2021 will be assessed based on the old legislation, but those patients whose death is reasonably foreseeable will be informed of the legislative changes and given the option to amend their application if they wish. This includes being informed of the ability to waive final consent if their death is reasonably foreseeable. 

  • Requests completed after March 17, 2021 will be assessed and carried out based on the new eligibility criteria and safeguards. 

  • Patients who submitted a record of request in the past but didn’t meet the eligibility criteria must submit a new request to determine if they meet the new eligibility requirements. 

If you have any questions, about medical assistance in dying, visit: or contact the AHS Medical Assistance in Dying Care Coordination Service at

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