News and Resources

Highlights from the launch of the Vulnerable Persons Standard in the National Press Theatre, Ottawa | March 1, 2016

VPS Resources

These resources have been prepared by the Vulnerable Persons Secretariat.

| Download the Vulnerable Persons Standard and Compliance Update
| Download the VPS Frequently Asked Questions
| Download the list of VPS Advisors and Endorsing Organizations
| Download the VPS Media Advisory (PDF)
| Download the Jean Vanier Media Advisory (PDF)
| Download Jean Vanier and Hollee Card's Letter to Canadians on Fragility (PDF)

Click here for an archived version of previous VPS Resources.

Relevant Reports

Concerns with Expanding Access to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Review of Evidence, prepared by Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS)

Towards a More Robust Monitoring Regime for Medical Assistance in Dying; Submission to The Federal Minister of Health, prepared by Advisors to the VPS

| Report on Assessing Vulnerability in a system for physician-assisted death in Canada - Canadian Association for Community Living

| Supreme Court of Canada: Carter Decision

| Federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada

| Report of the Special Joint Parliamentary Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying

| The parameters of a Charter compliant response to Carter v. Canada - Dianne Pothier, Professor Emeritus, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

Click here for an archived version of previous Relevant Reports.


Recent Media

'The solution is assisted life': Offered death, terminally ill Ont. man files lawsuit, CTV National News, March 15, 2018

Carmela Hutchison, "Why are women with disabilities being given help to die, instead of help to live?", August 1, 2017

Audrey Cole, "Canada has its own history of euthanasia" Policy Options, July 28, 2017

Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.), First Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying from the Government of Canada, ARCH Alert (pg. 7), June 21, 2017

Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.), Assisted dying and the lessons of history, Policy Options, June 6, 2017

Margaret Wente, "If euthanasia is a right, should hospices be made to kill?" Interview with VPS Advisor Dr. Constant Leung, December 20, 2016

Joanne Laucius, "Reviews on expanding assisted dying to mature minors, those with mental illness, to begin in new year" Ottawa Citizen, December 28, 2016

Joanne Laucius, "Beware of assisted dying as 'shame relief,' former human rights commissioner says" Ottawa Citizen, October 16, 2016

Click here for an archived version of previous Media and Commentaries.



These e-newsletters have been prepared by the Vulnerable Persons Secretariat. Click to download.

Third Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada Yields no Insights about Protections from Abuse, June 28, 2018

"Who Counts?" Disability Advocates Reflect on Living - and Dying - with Dignity, May 9, 2018

Government Proposal for MAiD Monitoring: "Minimal Red Tape, yet Multiple Red Flags", April 27, 2018

Two Years After Carter, MAiD Monitoring Remains an Unfulfilled Promise, April 16, 2018

Respected Family Advocate Argues for Robust MAiD Monitoring, April 10, 2018

| "The Carter Compromise": Have We Found the Right Balance?, March 27, 2018

VPS Blog Addresses Vulnerability, Monitoring and the Moral Core of Medicine, March 20, 2018

| The VPS Community Remains Vigilant and Engaged, as Pressure Mounts for a More Robust MAiD Monitoring Regime, March 7, 2018

The Vulnerable Persons Standard: New Tools Coming Soon, June 2, 2017

Prominent Canadians Speak Out for the Protection of Vulnerable Persons, June 10, 2016

Esteemed Canadian Senator Affirms the Constitutionality of Bill C-14, June 6, 2016

Click here for an archived version of previous E-Newsletters.

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