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Medical Assistance in Dying

On February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous Carter decision ruled that certain patients have a right to seek medical help to end their lives. Canada’s federal medical assistance in dying legislation, Bill C-14, was enacted on June 17, 2016.

The College’s Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying is in alignment with Bill C-14. The Standard was developed through consultation with stakeholders and physicians throughout the province.

Nova Scotia Health Authority Resources


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has developed resources regarding medical assistance in dying:

  • Two new cases within the College’s bio-ethics curriculum
  • A workshop for residents, and the update of past bioethics cases due to new legislation

The Canadian Medical Association has developed the following educational offerings on end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying:

Other Resources