Medical Assistance in Dying

We respect our patients’ right to make informed decisions about their care and treatment options. That includes the option to choose medical assistance in dying, as allowed by law.

The documents below provide answers to some of the most common questions about medical assistance in dying. Information about this topic is changing frequently. We will update this website as information changes.

FAQ's for the public

FAQ's for doctors and nurse practitioners

FAQ's for care professionals

Forms and Documents


January 1st– June 30th, 2017
During this period, NSHA received 64 referrals to the M.A.i.D. Service and 23 procedures were completed.  The average age of those who received M.A.i.D. was 68 years of age with slightly more of the number being male.  Cancer was the most common reported underlying condition, followed by neuro-degenerative, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
The 41 people who did not complete the procedure either withdrew their request, lost capacity or died before receiving M.A.i.D., or were in process at the time of the report. 
Since it became available in Nova Scotia in June 2016, 46 people have received medical assistance in dying.