Majority of Atlantic Canadians support medically assisted dying: Narrative

Assisted Dying

Results from the most recent Narrative Research survey suggest Atlantic Canadians continue to support a law which allows medically assisted dying as an option for end of life care.

A release says the survey shows Atlantic Canadians support the expansion of the law to include options for those with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia.

In June 2016, Ottawa passed legislation allowing eligible Canadians to request medical assistance in dyaing (MAID) and since then more than 6,700 Canadians have made requests for medically assisted deaths.

Narrative says 77% of Atlantic Canadians support medically-assisted dying as an end of life option, with 42% saying they strongly support it.

People aged 55 and younger, those with higher income and those with higher levels of education are most likely to support medically-assisted dying.

Currently, the law restricts dying for those with advanced Alzheimers and dementia, denying them the right to make early requests for an assisted death, before their condition worsens beyond the point where they can make such a request.

Narrative found three-quarters of Atlantic Canadians are also in support of easing these restrictions, with four in ten saying they "completely support such a change".

Support for changes to the current legislation is strongest among those with higher household incomes and residents aged 35 to 54 years.