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On December 10, 2015, Quebec’s assisted death law came into effect. The rest of Canada isn’t far behind, with federal legislation expected on June 6, 2016. Where are we at, and what can we expect in the future?

In its landmark decision Carter v. Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the ban on physician-assisted suicide, giving the federal government one year to draft legislation. Our experts will explore the far-reaching implications of this case and the proposed legislation on those involved in the health care sector. Benefit from unique insight and lessons learned from Quebec as it has worked to overcome challenges implementing the new assisted death legislation. Whether you are a health law practitioner, management or counsel working in health care institutions, long-term care or retirement homes, or a licensed medical professional, you will benefit from this thoughtful and practical discussion about the changing landscape of end of life care. Topics include:

  • Where are we now? The state of physician assisted death in Canada
  • Update on consultation hearings held by the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying
  • Legislative initiatives proposed by the federal government
  • Canada Medical Association’s response to Carter
  • Implications of draft guidelines proposed by the provincial Regulatory Colleges
  • Assisted death: a medical, ethical or legal decision?
  • Real world challenges when implementing physical assisted death practices  – lessons learned from the front lines in Quebec
    • How to manage conscientious objection of health care professionals
    • Where does it happen (e.g. at patient’s bedside, special hospital unit, at home)?
    • Practical challenges in interpreting eligibility criteria (e.g. “unbearable suffering”, “imminent death”, etc.)
  • Practical implications – what your health care institution, long term care and retirement facilities need to be doing now

This webinar is part of the Best Practices and Practical Realities: The Osgoode Elder Law Webinar Series.


Series Chair

  • Laura Tamblyn Watts, Chair, Law and Aging Theme Team, National Initiative for Care of the Elderly
  • Mark Handelman, Firm Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation
  • Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association
  • Dr. Eugene Bereza, Director, Centre for Applied Ethics, McGill University Hospital Centre, Associate Professor, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
April 7, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$150 plus HST

Series (7 Sessions)
$695 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers working in the areas of wills and estates, estate litigation, family law, elder law and health law
  • In-House Counsel for Long-Term Care or Retirement facilities
  • Managers, Administrators and Operators of Long-Term Care or Retirement facilities
  • Directors of Care
  • Social Workers
  • Risk Managers
  • Patient Care Advocates

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