St. Joseph’s has a long and strong tradition of providing compassionate care - body, mind and spirit.
As a Catholic institution, medical assistance in dying (assisted suicide/voluntary euthanasia) will not occur at any St. Joseph’s location. While Catholic health care does not include hastening death or intentionally ending life, St. Joseph’s excels in end-of-life care. We also work closely with our patients on advanced care planning.
At St. Joseph's we respond to patients and families with compassion and understanding without discrimination. We will listen intently as you discuss your circumstances and your quality of life. We will work with you to ensure you are aware of all resources available to address your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
We support patient choice and will respect the person who is making that choice. This includes informing the person of options for care and at the request of the patient transferring care to another facility. If a person wishes to discuss medical assistance in dying, St. Joseph's physicians and staff will support a respectful discussion, providing information to you about medical assistance in dying.
For information on eligibility criteria go to the Ministry of Health’s website.
As a patient, if you have any questions regarding MAID please contact Marleen Van Laethem, our clinical ethicist or a member or your care team who can help to answer your questions.
- Catholic perspective on health decisions and care at the end of life from the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
- Catholic Health Alliance of Canada physician hastened death resources
- Medical Assistance in Dying policy and additional resources from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
- Medical assistance in dying and end-of-life care preliminary guidance to patients and health care providers from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.