Medically Assisted Dying

Released June 6, 2016, updated July 7, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the federal government’s Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) (“Bill C-14”) received royal assent and became law in Canada. As a result of receiving royal assent, the provisions of Bill C-14 which amend the Criminal Code now form part of the Code, and set out the circumstances when medical assistance is dying will not be considered a criminal offence. In this document, we will also refer to these provisions of Bill C-14 as “the Criminal Code”.

Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. Now that Bill C-14 has come into effect, what does this mean for nurses in Canada?

For nurse practitioners:

For registered nurses (and other nursing professions):

General Q & A: More answers to some pressing questions for NPs and RNs*

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