Ontario Bill 3,An Act providing for the development of a provincial framework on palliative care passed third reading in the Ontario legislature and will become law. The purpose of the Act is to develop a framework to ensure that every Ontarian has access to quality palliative care. The Act requires the Minister of Health to develop a provincial framework designed to support improved access to palliative care. The Minister must table a report setting out the provincial framework in the Legislative Assembly within one year after the Bill comes into force. Within three years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state palliative care in Ontario. Each report must be published on a Government of Ontario website.
Passing of the law sets a positive precedent for other provinces and shows demonstrate provincial government support for palliative care. The Bill was supported by 40 stakeholders, including Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, ALS Canada, and health professionals from across the province.
(Nov 27, 2019) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) released a joint statement and call to action regarding the ongoing confusion amongst the general public about Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying.
This statement has been endorsed by international palliative care organizations, including the International Association of Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the World Hospice Palliative Care Association (WHPCA). It has also been endorsed by the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount, and internationally well-respected palliative care physicians such as Dr. Eduardo Bruera. You can read Dr. Mount’s message here.
On May 10, 2019, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced funding to help strengthen palliative care in Canada. (View press release here).
Three national organizations will receive more than $4.5 million in funding:
$1.9 million over three years to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to help Canadians prepare for their future health care needs, including through public education and awareness, community workshops, and a renewed strategy to promote advance care planning.
$2 million over three years to the Canadian Virtual Hospice to expand existing virtual services and resources for palliative care and grief support to meet the needs of underserved communities, including families caring for a dying child, Francophones, and LGBTQ2 communities.
$600,000 over two years to the Canadian Home Care Association to help improve delivery of palliative care at home and communication with patients, families, and caregivers.
Thank you to the Ministry of Health for supporting this important work — and congratulations to the recipients!
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