A terminally ill Toronto man has become the first man in Ontario to be granted an exemption that would allow him to end his life with the assistance of a doctor.
The 80 year old was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma in 2012 and is in the advanced stages.
He had asked to die from a single lethal injection.
Under current Canadian law, it is still a crime to help another person end his or her life, but two recent decisions at the Supreme Court allow for exemptions if certain criteria are met.
Both the federal and provincial governments had said they wouldn’t oppose the man’s wish for an assisted death and he was granted an exemption at around 11 a.m.
In January the country’s highest court granted the constitutional exemption to those who make an application in Superior Court and are found to have met the criteria.
The man’s name and his family’s have been protected by a court order as he didn’t want to be identified.
Court heard he will likely choose to die on the weekend.