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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.

  • 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 November 30, 2017

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.

Medical Assistance in Dying Activities
Zone Total Facility Community
South 28    
Calgary 89
Central 21
Edmonton 95
North 15
TOTAL 248 167 81

Section Two

Current as of November 30, 2017

There have been 105* people who have not met the federal criteria across the province to receive medical assistance in dying.
*this number does not include June 2017

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: 72
  • Calgary: 70
  • Central: 72
  • Edmonton: 71
  • North: 69

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

  • 42 patients in total have been transferred
  • 37 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