Data and Stats

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

Data is broken up into two sections and updated as often as data is available provincially. Note: Both section one and section two are cumulative data since June 17, 2016.

  • Section one includes cumulative provincial and zone data.
  • Section two includes cumulative data containing: 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.

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the timely release of accurate information. That said, until regulations are made, a series of interim reports are posted on the Government of Canada website that cover six month periods until permanent federal monitoring and reporting is in place.

Section One

Current as of February 28, 2018

Since February 6, 2016, court orders made medically-assisted death possible.

Six 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. Those six are not included in the totals below.

Total from June 2016-December 2016: 63*
Total from January 2017-December 2017: 205*

(*cannot break down by zone or location because some zones are less than 5)

Medical Assistance in Dying Activities
Zone Total Facility Community
South 35    
Calgary 107
Central 26
Edmonton 119
North 18
TOTAL 305 196 109

*data is cumulative beginning June 17, 2016

Section Two

Current as of December 31, 2017

There have been 100 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)
  • advanced lung disease

The average age of people receiving this service:

  • South: 73
  • Calgary: 70
  • Central: 73
  • Edmonton: 71
  • North: 70

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

  • 46 patients in total have been transferred
  • 41 patients have been transferred from faith-based facilities
  • 5 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