Medical Assistance in Dying

In order to be eligible for medical assistance in dying, you must meet all of the following criteria. You must:

  • be eligible for health services funded by the federal government, or a province or territory (or during the applicable minimum period of residence or waiting period for eligibility)
    • generally, visitors to Canada are not eligible for medical assistance in dying
  • be at least 18 years old and mentally competent. This means being capable of making health care decisions for yourself.
  • have a grievous and irremediable medical condition
  • make  a voluntary request for MAID that is not the result of outside pressure or influence
  • give informed consent to receive MAID

Only persons who meet ALL of the above criteria are eligible to be assessed for MAID.

Nova Scotians who are seeking information about MAID can discuss this with their primary care provider or a specialist.  They may also contact the Nova Scotia Health MAID Access and Resource Team, toll free at 1-833-903-6243, or 902-491-5892 within the Halifax region. The Office email address is: maid@nshealth.ca.  Voicemail and email messages will receive a reply within 48 working hours.

Contact Information

If you have questions about MAID, please call 902-491-5892.​

Nova Scotians who are seeking information about MAID can discuss this with their primary care provider or a specialist.  They may also contact the Nova Scotia Health MAID Access and Resource Team, toll free at 1-833-903-6243, or 902-491-5892 within the Halifax region.  The Office email address is: maid@nshealth.ca. Voicemail and email messages will receive a reply within two business days.

FAQ for the public

FAQ for doctors and nurse practitioners

FAQ for care professionals

Forms and Documents

Note:  MAID documents are to be completed only under the guidance of a MAID clinician, or the Nurse Navigator.

Reporting

Nova Scotia MAID Case Summary  2016-Present (28 Sept 2021)

Year

Referrals

MAID Completed

Natural Death Before MAID *

Died Before MAID **

Patient Lost Capacity

Does Not Meet Criteria

Patient Hold

Referral Cancelled

2016

36

24

0

0

8

1

0

3

2017

136

62

22

20

10

5

1

15

2018

241

126

32

28

7

12

6

15

2019

284

147

27

25

17

8

8

24

2020

373

165

56

50

27

9

39

16

2021

395

143

49

20

13

8

21

9

Totals

1465

667

186

143

82

43

75

82

 

* Patient had completed assessments and did not schedule procedure

**Patient was awaiting assessments to be completed

 

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