Below you will find the most recent statistics on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Alberta.

MAID data is broken up into two sections and every other month:

  • Section one includes cumulative provincial and zone data.
  • Section two includes average age of patients, number of people who did not meet federal mandatory eligibility criteria, number of patients transferred from a non-AHS facility, and most cited health conditions.

Section One

Current as of June 30, 2017

Since February 6, 2016, when court orders made medically-assisted death possible, Alberta Health Services has provided medical assistance in dying to 164 patients.

Six of those deaths occurred between February 6, 2016 and June 17, 2016, when federal legislation removed the need to attain a court order prior to undergoing medical assistance in dying.

Medical Assistance in Dying Activities
Zone Total Facility Community
South 18    
Calgary 55
Central 15
Edmonton 63
North 13
TOTAL 164 115 49

Section Two

Current as of May 31, 2017

There have been 76 people who have not met the federal criteria across the province to receive medical assistance in dying.

Some ineligibility reasons include:

  • mental health diagnosis
  • loss of capacity or competency
  • death is not reasonably foreseeable

The most cited health conditions to date:

  • cancer
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

The average age of people receiving this service:

  • South: 78
  • Calgary: 72
  • Central: 75
  • Edmonton: 65
  • North: 67

Number of patients transferred from faith-based or non-participating sites:

  • 26 patients in total have been transferred
  • 22 patients have been transferred from faith-based facilities
  • 4 patients have been transferred from non-faith-based facilities to either a participating facility (AHS) or to the patient’s home to receive medical assistance in dying