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Bill C-277 progresses to Senate

We are pleased to report that private member’s bill C-277, an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, has passed third reading in the House of Commons. It is being reviewed by the Senate this month (June 2017).

The CSPCP participated in a joint press release with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Nurses Association to express our appreciation.


The CSPCP is already engaging with the Senate to ask their support for the bill.

Message to all senators in Canada
English C-277 Brief
French C-277 Brief

CSPCP asks MPs to vote Yes to C-277

Private Member’s Bill C-277, An act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada, is scheduled for vote (“third reading”) in the House of Commons on Tuesday, May 9th. The CSPCP is a strong and consistent advocate for this bill. A recent example is Dr. David Henderson’s presentation to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Health:

On Monday, May 8th, the CSPCP sent a message to all MPs in Canada urging them to vote Yes to C-277. If it passes, it will be a significant step toward improving access to high-quality palliative care for all Canadians. Thank you to Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu for putting the private members’ bill forward.

Message to MPs:


CSPCP urges provinces to invest in palliative care

As provinces and territories work on their budgets, it is timely to remind them to invest in palliative care. This is particularly important as they tell the federal government how they propose to spend federal transfer funds that have been earmarked for home care, palliative care and mental health.

The following message was sent to provincial and territorial health ministers, finance ministers, and key staff. Please take a moment to write your provincial minister to reinforce this message. You can download the PDF by clicking below. The PDF version has “live links” to all the documents.

Link to English PDF
Link to French PDF

CSPCP Advocates to accept Bill C-277 (March 7, 2017)

CSPCP President David Henderson and Standing Committee on Health Chair Bill Casey.

CSPCP President Dr. David Henderson was invited by the federal government’s Standing Committee on Health to give input on Bill C-277: An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada.

Dr. Henderson recommended acceptance of the draft Bill and he provided strong supporting rationale.

View his presentation here:

English: Read More

French: Read More

The CSPCP also submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Health. View the brief here:

English: Read More

French: Read More