Government seeking delay to MAID expansion that would cover mental illness – CBC

Mental illness was set to be covered by medically-assisted dying laws in March

Dec 15, 2022

The federal government is seeking to delay an expansion of its medical assistance in dying (MAID) law, which was set to include those suffering solely from mental illnesses starting in March.

Justice Minister David Lametti and Minister for Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett said Thursday they’ll present legislation in the House of Commons to extend that deadline.

Lametti said the extension would give the government more time to set up standards for assisted-dying requests from individuals whose sole underlying condition is a mental illness, and would give provinces and medical professionals time to get ready for the change.

“We want to be prudent, we want to move in a step–by-step way so that we don’t make mistakes.” Lametti said. He did not indicate what the new deadline would be.

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