Consultations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) eligibility criteria

January 22, 2020
As you may know, the federal government is looking at making changes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) eligibility criteria. There is an online survey on the proposed changes open right now.
Inclusion Alberta’s executive committee and board of directors are in alignment with the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) position and actions relative to proposed changes to MAID eligibility criteria.
You can find the survey online until Monday, January 27, 2020.
See the email below for more on the CACL position. You can also find suggestions on how to complete the survey for those who agree with our and CACL’s position in the following linked documents. See an example survey (PDF) based on CACL and Inclusion Alberta’s position. See detailed suggestions (Word doc) from the example survey, which may serve to help you in your own submission.
CACL message:
As you are all aware, Canada is mid-way through a public consultation on the subject of medical assistance in dying (MAiD). A key part of this consultation is an online survey which gives Canadians the opportunity to give input as to how they think Canada should redraft the MAiD law following the Truchon decision, which struck down the reasonably foreseeable natural death criterion in the existing law. The Truchon decision was not appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The deadline to complete the survey is Jan 27th, 2020.
The Canadian Association for Community Living’s board of directors, guided by their position statement on safeguarding medical assistance in dying, recently reaffirmed its commitment to defending the end of life criterion, without exceptions, in Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation. With this in mind, we want to provide you with some suggested sample survey responses and our rationale for providing them. A PDF of our completed survey is attached, as is a document outlining our reasoning.
We are hoping that you will read through our suggested survey responses as guidance, and then fill out your own unique survey. We hope you will encourage your staff teams and constituencies to do the same.
As an optional further step: One of the Vulnerable Persons Standard (VPS) advisors has offered to analyse the survey responses of people within our networks as a way to better articulate, and hold the government accountable to, the concerns of the disability community which may get overlooked through this survey process. This way, we can be assured that our voices will be heard clearly and without distortion or erasure.
If you would like to engage in this additional process, you can download a PDF of the government questionnaire and email it to the government email indicated on the form, with a copy to the VPS at vpsstatistics@gmail.com. Alternately, you could send screenshots of your online submission.
Krista Carr
Executive Vice President
Canadian Association for Community Living
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Again, the MAID survey can be found online, and completed at the federal government’s website, or in PDF form. The deadline for responses is Monday, January 27, 2020.