In June 2016, the government of Canada passed Bill C-14, which legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide. This was in response to a Supreme Court decision from the previous year.
The Impact in Canada
Since the legalization of euthanasia & assisted suicide, Health Canada has released three interim reports with details on the number of deaths from euthanasia & assisted suicide, and other pertinent information.
1st Interim Report (June 17 - Dec. 31, 2016)
2nd Interim Report (Jan. 1 - June 30, 2017)
3rd Interim Report (July 1 - Dec. 31, 2017)
Who is Eligible?
Canadians who are at least 18 years of age and who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition and whose death is reasonably foreseeable. Those requesting assisted suicide / euthanasia must be mentally competent, make an un-coerced request, and give informed consent (which includes having been informed about available treatment and palliative care).
More Info - Government of Canada: Medical aid in dying
Who is At Risk?
The law specifies that people requesting assisted suicide / euthanasia must make their request free from any outside pressure or influence. However, it is unclear how doctors will be able to ensure that coercion is not a factor in the patient’s decision.
In Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, over a thousand people were killed without their consent through euthanasia in 2013 alone. In the Netherlands, more than 500 people each year are killed without their consent.