Ontario euthanasia numbers continue to rise in 2022

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

On Tuesday,  I reported that Health Canada had released the Third Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada (2021).  The report stated that there were: 10,064 assisted deaths in 2021 up from 7,603 in 2020. Approximately 1,740 euthanasia deaths were based on loneliness and isolation. 

The 2021 federal report indicated that the number of reported assisted deaths increased by 32.4% and represented 3.3% of all Canadian deaths.

Euthanasia continues to increase.

The Ontario data is important because it is regularly released and Ontario represents 39% of Canada’s population.

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario released the June 2022 MAiD data. This indicates that there were 1,822 reported assisted deaths in the first six months of 2022 and  a total of 11,620 reported assisted deaths since euthanasia was legalized. 

The June 2022 Ontario monthly data also showed a significant increase. 334  assisted deaths were reported as compared to 281 in June 2021.

The growth in killing by lethal injection continues. According to the data: 

Jan 1 – June 30, 2022 (1,822 reported assisted deaths),

July 1 – Dec 31, 2021 (1,739 reported assisted deaths),

Jan 1 – June 30, 2021 (1,363 reported assisted deaths), 

July 1 – Dec 31, 2020 (1,251 reported assisted deaths),

Jan 1 – June 30, 2020 (1,127 reported assisted deaths).

Is there enough killing yet?

Canada’s federal government established a committee to discuss further expansions of euthanasia in Canada. This committee is considering euthanasia for incompetent people who requested death in their advanced directive; euthanasia for children; and the rules to implement euthanasia for people with mental illness alone. Bill C-7 already approved euthanasia for mental illness alone but the government has not established the killing guidelines yet.

Further to that recently there have been many media stories indicating that Canadians are now dying by euthanasia for reasons of poverty, disability, and mental illness. The world wonders why Canada is euthanizing the poor.

We need your help. Thousands of deaths means that there are thousands of stories. We need you to tell your story. Some of the people were depressed and had questionable competency. Some of these people were subtly coerced. Some of these stories are known by you. We can effectively challenge the culture but we need your stories. 

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