End of Life Law and Policy in Canada

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Book Chapter

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Canada, MAiD, Rodriguez v British Columbia, Supreme Court of Canada, Carter v Canada, Criminal Code, End-of-Life Law and Policy, Palliative Interventions, Withholding and Withdrawal of Treatment


In this chapter, I will discuss the broad range of end of life law and policy. This includes the withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment, palliative interventions, and what is now known in Canada as medical assistance in dying. I will explain what the law is, where it remains unclear, and where there is still considerable controversy about what the law should be.