Health Canada invests $4.5M in palliative care programs

Canadians deserve to live out their lives in comfort and with dignity. They should also have access to care that is appropriate to their needs and that respects their wishes. For this reason, palliative care is a key priority in the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to improve our health care system.

Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the federal Minister of Health, has announced funding of more than $4.5 million for three palliative care projects. These investments under the Health Care Policy Contribution Program will help strengthen palliative care in Canada by improving access to care at home and in the community for Canadians facing serious and life-threatening illnesses. The funding includes:

  • $1.9 million over three years to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to help Canadians prepare for their future health care needs, including through public education and awareness, community workshops, and a renewed strategy to promote advance care planning.
  • $2 million over three years to the Canadian Virtual Hospice to expand existing virtual services and resources for palliative care and grief support to meet the needs of underserved communities, including families caring for a dying child, Francophones, and LGBTQ2 communities.
  • $600,000 over two years to the Canadian Home Care Association to help improve delivery of palliative care at home and communication with patients, families, and caregivers.

These investments demonstrate the Government’s commitment to supporting improved access to palliative care for Canadians and complement $6 billion in targeted federal funding provided to provinces and territories to improve access to home and community care services, including palliative care, through multi-year funding agreements. The Government of Canada continues to collaborate with provinces and territories on strengthening health care, including improving access to home, community, and palliative care.

The Government of Canada understands the vital role that palliative and end-of-life care plays in our health care system. Many Canadians wish to remain independent and want to receive the care they need in their own home or community. This funding means better support for individual Canadians, their families, and caregivers at one of the most difficult times of their lives,” said health minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is proud to receive this commitment from the Government of Canada to empower more Canadians to access Advance Care Planning. With this support we will be able to help more Canadians plan for their future health needs with Advance Care Planning,” said Sharon Baxter, Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

We applaud the Government of Canada for its commitment to palliative care, and for addressing national gaps in services. Canadian Virtual Hospice will translate this investment into even more bilingual, trusted, and free online services for all Canadians living with advanced illness, caregivers, and other family members and struggling with grief.” said Nadine Henningsen, CEO of the Canadian Home Care Association,

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