By the Numbers: Deadly advance
Medically assisted suicides are expanding rapidly in Canada
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The number of people who ended their lives under Canada’s state-sponsored medically assisted suicide program in 2022 according to the government’s annual Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) report released in October. Such deaths grew 31.2 percent from the previous year, a trend that may continue as the program opens next March to those with mental illness.
The share of all 2022 deaths in Canada that were initiated through the MAID program, making it nearly equal to the percentage of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2021.
The average age at time of death for MAID participants.
The number of people who elected to end their lives through MAID in 2022 but whose natural deaths, the ministry said, were “not reasonably foreseeable.”
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