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Version of section 227 from 2016-06-17 to 2020-07-28:


Marginal note:Exemption for medical assistance in dying

  •  (1) No medical practitioner or nurse practitioner commits culpable homicide if they provide a person with medical assistance in dying in accordance with section 241.2.

  • Marginal note:Exemption for person aiding practitioner

    (2) No person is a party to culpable homicide if they do anything for the purpose of aiding a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner to provide a person with medical assistance in dying in accordance with section 241.2.

  • Marginal note:Reasonable but mistaken belief

    (3) For greater certainty, the exemption set out in subsection (1) or (2) applies even if the person invoking it has a reasonable but mistaken belief about any fact that is an element of the exemption.

  • Marginal note:Non-application of section 14

    (4) Section 14 does not apply with respect to a person who consents to have death inflicted on them by means of medical assistance in dying provided in accordance with section 241.2.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (5) In this section, medical assistance in dying, medical practitioner and nurse practitioner have the same meanings as in section 241.1.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 227
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 34
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 9
  • 1999, c. 5, s. 9
  • 2016, c. 3, s. 2
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