Health Law, Symposium Submissions

Mental Health and MAiD – By: Connor Fletcher



This paper considers the roll-out of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) for individuals with mental disorders. First, an overview of the Carter decision is provided before moving into an analysis of what a hypothetical prohibition on MAiD for individual with mental disorders would be viewed constitutionally. The paper then examines the present safeguards for accessing MAiD, and what issues providing access for those with mental disorders might present. The paper ends with policy recommendations based on other jurisdictions current practices.

Author Biography

Connor Fletcher resides in Edmonton Alberta and completed his Bachelor of Arts at MacEwan University. During law school he competed for the TRU Wilson Moot team, was a research assistant for Craig Jones in his BCHRT action, and was a TA for Law, Administration and Policy. After graduation he will be clerking at the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Edmonton Oilers and spending time with his wife, Sarah.


Published to the TRU Law Review Symposium on the recommendation of Dr. Ruby Dhand.