What it does NOT mean:
Our legislation does NOT place a specific time frame around this expression or define it as a specific amount of time. Reasonably foreseeable does NOT mean death within days, or a month, or 6 months, or even a year.
What it DOES mean:
One way to better understand what reasonably foreseeable means is to rephrase it as ‘reasonably predictable’. This may mean that death is expected shortly, and therefore predictable (i.e. a prognosis of short months left to live), or it might mean the person is on a predictable pathway to death due to their serious illness (i.e. a diagnosis of ALS).
This understanding of the expression ‘a reasonably foreseeable death’ has been well established after several years of clinical practice, and is the standard of care amongst assessors and providers of MAiD in Canada.