Category Archives: Advocacy & Partnerships

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

New CSPCP report on economics of palliative care (Feb 15, 2017)

The CSPCP is pleased to release a new report on the economics of palliative care, entitled Palliative Care – A vital service with clear economic, health and social benefits. Read More

The report shows that strategic investment in palliative care can:

  • Reduce the cost of delivering care (30%)
  • Free up scarce resources in acute care, such as beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), for patients who truly need them.
  • Improve the quality of life and quality of care of patients with serious illnesses and their families.


The report is follow up to our Nov 2016 report called How To Improve Palliative Care in Canada. Read MoreThe “How To” document give specific actions that need to be taken. The new economics document shows that strategic investment in palliative care is Win-Win-Win: Better care – Lower costs – Better use of finite resources.

Please join the CSPCP in using the reports to actively advocate for better access to quality palliative care in Canada.