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Ontario – 2897 Euthanasia Deaths 2019

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Ontario: 268 people die by euthanasia in the first quarter of 2019.

The Ontario Coroner’s Office sent a quarterly report stating that there have been 2897 reported assisted deaths in Ontario since legalization (June 17, 2016) with 268 reported euthanasia deaths in the first three months of 2019.

The current rate of euthanasia, in Ontario, is slightly lower than in 2018.

There were 1499 reported assisted deaths in 2018, 841 reported assisted deaths in 2017 and 189 reported assisted deaths in 2016.

The 2897 reported assisted deaths, represented 2896 deaths by euthanasia (lethal injection) and 1 death by assisted suicide (lethal prescription).

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition works with Compassionate Community Care (CCC) to offer advice and support for family members and friends who are concerned about an assisted death or end-of-life medical treatment decision. Contact CCC at: 1-855-675-8749.

Data from Alberta Health Services indicates that there have been 654 reported assisted deaths since legalization representing 79 reported assisted deaths in 2019. There were 307 reported assisted deaths in 2018 in Alberta.

Contact the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition if you have concerns with the circumstances related to a euthanasia death at: 1-877-439-3348.

Author -Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
It has been reported to the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society that seniors who are patients in Alberta active treatment hospitals who not terminally ill, are being routinely asked if they wish to have an assisted suicide death.