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CSPCP President Dr. David Henderson will present to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on October 19, 2017. He will advocate for acceptance of Bill C-277 on behalf of the CSPCP.

Dr. Henderson recommends that the Federal Government “Establish a well funded secretariat and form a small nimble high level working group made up from key national organizations to start working on implementation. Focus needs to be on administrative cost containment so funds see their way to delivery of services!” Links to his presentation are below.



CSPCP members featured in National Post series

(Sept/Oct 2017) The National Post is publishing a 4-part series called “Redefining Palliative Care”. The series is sponsored by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

Story 1 – “Report calls for new understanding of palliative care for people with cancer” quotes CSPCP member Dr. Deborah Dudgeon and CSPCP President Dr. David Henderson.

Story 2 – “Why you shouldn’t be afraid of palliative care” quotes CSPCP member Dr. Camilla Zimmermann.

Story 3 – “Living better with an advanced disease” is a patient story about the benefits of early palliative care, with commentary from Shane Sinclair, associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Story 4 – “Better access to home palliative care needed in Canada” is a patient story about the benefits of home palliative care. It includes commentary from Nadine Henningson from the Canadian Home Care Association and Dr. Heather Bryant from CPAC.

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