The number of medically-assisted deaths in Canada rose by more than 25 per cent in 2019 and made up two per cent of all Canadian deaths last year, Health Canada’s first annual report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada found.

In 2019, 5,631 Canadians chose to have an assisted death, 26.1-per-cent more deaths than reported the previous year, the report released late last month says.

The number of assisted deaths has risen each year since the practice was legalized in 2016, and by Dec. 31, 2019, 13,946 people had chosen to end their life with a doctor’s assistance.

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