Medical Assistance in Dying

NWT Physician-Assisted Dying Framework

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada determined it is against theCharter of Rights and Freedoms to prosecute a doctor for assisting someone with incurable suffering who wants to end his or her life. Based on this Supreme Court decision, physician-assisted dying will be legal in Canada starting June 6th, 2016.

The Department of Health and Social Services completed its initial consultation on suggestions for an NWT Physician-Assisted Dying Framework with stakeholders and the public in February 2016. The Department sincerely thanks all those who provided feedback. All comments and suggestions will be carefully considered as the framework is developed.

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