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1st Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 17

THE FATALITY INQUIRIES AMENDMENT AND VITAL STATISTICS AMENDMENT ACT


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(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

THE FATALITY INQUIRIES ACT

C.C.S.M. c. F52 amended

1(1)         The Fatality Inquiries Act is amended by this section.

1(2)        The following is added after subsection 7(9):

Interpretation of suicide and homicide

7(9.1)      For the purpose of subclause (9)(a)(ii), the terms "suicide" and "homicide" do not include a death that is a result of the provision of medical assistance in dying as defined in section 241.1 of the Criminal Code (Canada).

1(3)        The following is added after section 43:

Providing information about deaths resulting from medical assistance in dying

43.1(1)     If required by the regulations, a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner, as defined in section 241.1 of the Criminal Code (Canada), or any other prescribed health professional must provide the specified information about medical assistance in dying to the chief medical examiner or to a designated recipient.

Regulations

43.1(2)     The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations for the purpose of monitoring medical assistance in dying, including regulations

(a) requiring a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or prescribed health professional, or any class of them, to report information relating to medical assistance in dying and specifying the information to be reported;

(b) respecting the manner and time in which the information is to be provided;

(c) designating a person or entity as the recipient of the information;

(d) respecting the use and disclosure of the information.

Definition

43.1(3)     In this section, "information" includes personal information as defined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and personal health information as defined in The Personal Health Information Act.

THE VITAL STATISTICS ACT

C.C.S.M. c. V60 amended

2            The Vital Statistics Act is amended by adding the following after subsection 14(7):

Interpretation of suicide and homicide

14(7.1)     For the purpose of subclause (6)(a)(ii), the terms "suicide" and "homicide" do not include a death that is a result of the provision of medical assistance in dying as defined in section 241.1 of the Criminal Code (Canada).

COMING INTO FORCE

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

The Fatality Inquiries Act and The Vital Statistics Act are amended so that an inquiry by a medical examiner is not required when a death results from medical assistance in dying as defined in the Criminal Code (Canada). Cabinet may make regulations under The Fatality Inquiries Act requiring information about medical assistance in dying to be provided.