Thursday, April 22, 2021
Workshop Session I
Registration Fee: $20


  • David Kenneth Wright, University of Ottawa
  • Laura Wilding, Champlain Regional Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Network


Canada is one of only a few countries around the world that allow patients to receive help from a health care provider to purposefully end their life. Legalized as “medical assistance in dying” (MAiD) in 2016, this practice is relatively new in the landscape of Canadian end-of-life care, and raises many ethical questions: 

What should be the role of nurses in supporting patients who contemplate, request, and/or receive MAiD? 

How does MAiD impact grief? 

Does MAiD reflect, or contradict, the values of gerontological nursing care?  

What barriers do patients face when seeking MAiD?

In this workshop, we will provide an overview of MAiD legislation in Canada, before moving to a focused discussion on some of the ethical issues that arise with this practice. We will discuss specific implications of MAiD for nursing care of older adults and review a series of case studies drawn from our experiences in practice and in research.


  • Review basic legal information regarding MAiD in Canada
  • Reflect on various ethical implications of MAiD for nursing 
  • Engage in a group discussion about MAiD and nursing care of older adults exploring this end-of-life option

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. The legal framework of MAiD in Canada
  2. The role nurses can play in strengthening ethical MAiD practice
  3. The unique considerations that MAiD presents for gerontological nursing


This workshop will be a mix of lecture-style presentations and group discussions.