Public Consultations June – September 2017

 

The Law Commission of Ontario’s Improving the Last Stages of Life project considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them.
Our public consultation process will run from June – September 2017. This page helps you get involved. Our full project page includes additional research and information.

 

 

 

A Public Discussion on Improving the Last Stages of Life

 

Discussion Paper – 250 Pages

 

Executive Summary – 15 Pages

If you have ever:

  • wondered how to plan for your health care and choices near the end of life,
  • made a medical decision for a family member who was acutely ill, or had a decision made for you in these circumstances,
  • provided supports or services to someone in the above circumstances,
  • worried about being able to access services like palliative care when you need it,

then you have been affected by Ontario’s laws relating to the last stages of life.

These laws affect many Ontarians, and in profound and life-changing ways.

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is leading a project called Improving the Last Stages of Life. The project considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them. Our goal is to hear from these groups to better identify and recommend law reforms that are concrete, precise, and responsive to the experience of persons in the last stages of life.

 

Introducing the Last Stages of Life Project – Live on Facebook

Sign up to receive updates on our forthcoming Facebook Live sessions using the form to the right.

 

We want to hear your thoughts on these issues

 

1.      Palliative Care Needs Identified

2.      Receiving Care for Conditions

3.      End-of-Life

Consent and Advance Care Planning (see also our commissioned paper on consent and ACP and suffering and capacity)

Transitions Between Care (see also our commissioned paper on transitions)

Palliative Sedation Therapy

Access for Communities with Unmet Needs (see also our commissioned paper on LGBT perspectives)

Resolving Health Care Disputes

Planned Deaths at Home

Public Health Approach

Withdrawing and Withholding Treatment (see also our commissioned paper on substitute decision-makers)

Caregiver and Family Needs (see also our commissioned paper on caregivers)

Supports for Professionals

Medical Assistance in Dying

Improving Practice Tools

Faith  and Cultural Needs (see also our commissioned research paper on faith and culture)

Additional Materials

 

We want to hear from you!

The LCO’s formal consultation period runs from June– September 2017. We invite your participation through:

  • The project website
  • Written submissions at any time to lawcommission@lco-cdo.org
  • Watch live and archived webcast consultation sessions
  • Complete the consultation survey on your mobile, tablet, or computer (forthcoming)
  • Propose an in-person focus group for your community
  • Contacting Project Research Lawyer, Ryan Fritsch, through the contact information below

Law Commission of Ontario                                                         Toronto                (416) 650-8406
Project on Improving the Last Stages of Life                            Toll-Free              (866) 950-8406
2032 Ignat Kaneff Building                                                           TTY                       (416) 650-8082
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University                                Fax                        (416) 650-8418
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3                                   E-mail:                  lawcommission@lco-cdo.org

 

 

Written submissions will be accepted until September 29, 2017