Palliative care: What we’re doing

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There is no single national palliative care program. This is why governments and health care institutions are developing better models of palliative care in Canada that will:

The Framework on Palliative Care in Canada

The Government of Canada passed a bill on December 12, 2017 calling for the Minister of Health to create a framework on palliative care. The resulting Act states that the Minister must:

The Act states the framework should focus on important issues facing palliative care, including:

The Minister of Health tabled the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada in Parliament on December 4, 2018. It includes:

The framework represents a guideline for all palliative care stakeholders to use to improve access across Canada.

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The Framework on Palliative Care in Canada – Five Years Later: A Report on the State of Palliative Care in Canada

Since the release of the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada in 2018, there have been collective efforts to advance palliative care awareness, access to training, supports for caregivers and providers, and to stimulate research and improve data collection on palliative care.

The Minister of Health tabled the Report on the State of Palliative Care in Canada in Parliament on December 4, 2023. This report takes stock of the landscape of palliative care in Canada and proposes recommendations on next steps for continued action.

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Action Plan on Palliative Care

This document lays out Health Canada's multi-year plan to tackle issues uncovered during the development of the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. It identifies areas that fall under Health Canada's responsibility and includes specific activities to enhance:

It also complements current support to provinces and territories and their efforts to improve palliative care.

Health Canada is overseeing and coordinating implementation of the plan. We connect governments and stakeholders and serve as a knowledge centre to share best practices.

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Home and Community-based Palliative Care: Shaping the Future from Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This 2021 report discusses challenges posed by the pandemic in the delivery of home and community-based palliative and end-of life care. It highlights many of the promising practices and innovative tools that emerged during this time. It is intended for:

It aims to optimize the delivery of palliative care in home and community settings. The report is the result of a partnership between:

Pallium Canada and the Canadian Virtual Hospice provided support.

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