Medically assisted suicide was first made legal in Canada as Bill C-14 in 2016. At the time, the process to end one's life with the help of the healthcare system was relegated to those whose deaths were imminent. But, the regulations around medical assistance in dying were relaxed under Bill C-7, which expanded MAID access to include the chronically ill. In March 2023, mentally ill people can qualify for the service.
According to a 2020 PBO analysis:
The total net reduction in costs from current legislation (C-14) plus the incremental savings from bill C-7 will add up to $149.0 million.
A previous 2017 analysis of the healthcare savings from MAID pinned the number at up to $136.8 million
To send a message to the Federal government that Canadians suffering with illnesses and pain need care and compassion, not euthanasia, please visit www.HelpNotHomicide.com to sign our petition.