Health Canada reports that more than 2,000 Canadians have ended their own lives with medical assistance since legalization. Cancer, neuro-degenerative disorders and circulatory or respiratory failures drive most requests.
The latest report by Health Canada states that there were 1,982 medically assisted deaths in the one-year period after it became legal in June 2016. There have been another 167 in Quebec since it was legalized in that province in December 2015.
People who received medical assistance in dying ranged in age from 18 to 91.The majority were between 56 and 85 years old, and the average age was 73.
The report also noted an increase in the number of assisted deaths outside of a hospital.