Consultation on palliative care

From: Health Canada

Current status: Closed

The consultation ran from May 7, 2018 to July 13, 2018.

The “What we heard” report will be available September, 2018.

Health Canada is holding a public engagement asking that Canadians share their ideas, innovations and lived-experience related to palliative care. Your input will help the government develop a framework on palliative care for Canadians.

How to participate

All submissions posted on this site are public, with the exception of an invitation-only technical discussion with health care providers.

You can provide your feedback in the following ways:

  1. Participate online
  2. Written submission by email to If you wish, you may attach an electronic file in one of the following formats:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Adobe Acrobat
  3. Send a written submission in hard-copy format by mail to:

    Let's Talk Palliative Care
    The End of Life Care Team
    c/o Venetia Lawless
    200 Eglantine Drive, A.L. 1904D
    Ottawa, ON K1A0K9

Goals of the consultation

Through this consultation, Health Canada intends to engage Canadians on their long-term vision of palliative care in Canada, focusing on specific elements mentioned in the new Law: A Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, including access, education and training, and supports for caregivers. Using discussion forums and shared stories, we hope to identify gaps as well as solutions and bright ideas we can then share across the country.

Key questions for discussion

Your ideas and lived-experience are sought on 10 themes/topics:

  • Definition of palliative care
  • Advance care planning
  • Person and family-centred care
  • Challenges facing people living with life-threatening illness
  • Consistent access to palliative care
  • Special populations (i.e. Indigenous, infants, children and youth, homeless, rural and remote communities, LGBTQ2, people living with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and others)
  • Health care provider education, training and supports
  • Caregiver training and supports
  • Community engagement
  • Grief and bereavement

The input gathered through this process will be used to develop a Framework on palliative care for Canadians.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

The Government of Canada will engage with:

  • Provinces and territories
  • Palliative care providers
  • Health systems experts
  • People living with life-threatening illness
  • Caregivers
  • Canadians with an interest in this topic

What we heard

What we heard report (available September 2018)

Contact us

  • Let's Talk Palliative Care
    The End of Life Care Team
    c/o Venetia Lawless
    200 Eglantine Drive, A.L. 1904D
    Ottawa, ON K1A0K9

  • Telephone: 613-862-7698
  • Email:
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