Bill C-230: Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

08 March 2022
Bill C-230, the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act, was a private member's bill introduced by MP Kelly Block on Nov. 22, 2021. Bill C-230 would have made it a criminal offence to coerce someone to participate in medical assistance in dying. This bill was debated and defeated in the House of Commons in October 2022. Although it didn’t pass, it raised an important discussion of conscience issues and concerns.


  • Sample letter to use in contacting your MP about these issues, which are still relevant even though C-230 was defeated: choose .docx format or .pdf (March 9, 2022)
  • EFC letter of support to MP (March 7, 2022)
  • For an overview of conscience issues, including links to Canadians for Conscience (a coalition the EFC participates in that is calling for action federally and coordinates campaigns in various provinces), see