Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

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 3-5 business days. Documents and questions may also be faxed to the office at 902-454-0379.

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 3-5 business days.

Documents and questions may also be faxed to the office at 902-454-0379.

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 (19 April, 2022)

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

133

61

24

5

8

5

10

2019

284

150

62

4

18

9

10

25

2020

373

198

68

1

27

12

35

17

2021

520

224

80

35

17

13

29

14

2022 164 38 22 3 4 1 8 5

Totals

1754

829

315

87

89

49

88

89

 

* Patient had completed assessments and did not schedule procedure

**Patient was awaiting assessments to be completed.  In some cases patients passed within hours of receipt of the referral

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