As the national professional association, CASW's role extends to advocacy on the federal level for the inclusion and protection of the social work profession in regards to the emerging legislation. CASW is not a regulatory body and does offer practice guidelines specific to MAiD. For specific information, consult your provincial regulatory body.
CASW successfully advocated for the explicit inclusion of social workers for protection in the Criminal Code of Canada on the issue of Medical Assistance in Dying. The Criminal Code now states:
“(5.1) For greater certainty, no social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or other health care professional commits an offence if they provide information to a person on the lawful provision of medical assistance in dying.”
- To watch a video of CASW's advocacy efforts at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, click here.
- To read CASW's Discussion Paper on Medical Assistance in Dying, click here.
- To read the full text of Bill C-14, the legislation that brought about medical assistance in dying, click here.
- To read CASW's 2015 Statement of Principles on Physician-Assisted Dying, click here.
To view social work guidelines/resources from social work regulatory bodies, see below. Note that not all provincial regulatory bodies have chosen to comment on MAiD; please note that MAiD now a legal health-care option like any other.