Euthanasia deaths rise quickly in Ontario, likely related to the passing of Bill C-7

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Alex Schadenberg

The Federal Government passed Bill C-7 on March 17, 2021. The Canadian government predicted that there would be a 20% increase in the number of assisted deaths in Canada. That number proved to vastly underestimate the toil.

On July 1, I published some of the data from Health Canada’s 2020 annual report on  euthanasia and assisted suicide (MAiD—Medical Assistance in Dying).

The 2020 report indicated that the number of assisted deaths increased more than 34% in 2020 –7,595 reported assisted deaths–up from 5,660 in 2019. The figure for 2018 was 4,478.

In 2020, Euthanasia deaths represented 2.5% of all deaths.

What about the province of Quebec? The Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario releases MAiD data on a monthly basis. The June 2021 data showed a significant increase: 281 reported euthanasia deaths, up from 229 the month before.

To give you a comparison, in June 2020 there were 204 reported euthanasia deaths in Ontario.

According to the data, since legalization, there has been a total of 8,059 reported assisted deaths in Ontario. In the first six months of 2021, there have been1,363 assisted suicides. In the month of June alone, there were 281 assisted suicides.

Looking at the trend. The number of cumulative reported assisted deaths in Ontario were (since legalization):

  • Dec 31, 2018 – 2,529 (over the first 30 months)
  • June 30, 2019 – 3,303 (774 in 6 months)
  • Dec 31, 2019 – 4,318 (1,015 in 6 months)
  • June 30, 2020 – 5,445 (1,127 in 6 months)
  • Dec 31, 2020 – 6,696 (1,251 in 6 months)
  • June 30, 2021 – 8,059 (1,363 in 6 months)

Some would suggest that this indicates that the killing program is “successful.” A better explanation is that Canada is not only normalizing killing but also that its health care system is abandoning vulnerable people.

Is there enough killing yet?

Canada’s federal government and the Québec government have both established committee’s to discuss the further expansion of euthanasia in Canada. These committee’s are discussing euthanasia for incompetent people who requested death in their advanced directive; euthanasia for children; and they are discussing the rules to implement euthanasia for people with mental illness alone.

The current Canadian government is committed to more killing. We need your help. 

This is not a reason to be down or depressed, but it rather it is a reason to tell your story. Thousands of deaths mean there are many stories. 

Some of these people were depressed and had questionable competency. 

Some of these people were subtly coerced. 

We can and will effectively challenge the culture with real life stories. Your stories. 

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.