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Health Canada Report on Home and Community-based Palliative Care – Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 2021) We are pleased to share this report from the End-of-Life Care Unit at Health Canada.

English: Read more

French:  Read more

The report features many new practices and innovative tools that can improve the future of home and community-based palliative care – for example, making virtual care more accessible, increasing the availability of palliative symptom management kits, and giving family caregivers adequate support to provide palliative care for loved ones at home. It is hoped that sharing some of these new practices and tools may inspire readers to use and adapt them as required, or develop and share their own innovations. By sharing knowledge and experience, together we can come out of the pandemic stronger than before.

Thank you to Dr. Stephen Singh for participating in the discussions on behalf of the CSPCP.

Proposed $29.8 million for palliative care

(April 20, 2021) If passed as presented, the proposed 2021 federal budget includes:

Better Palliative Care

To provide Canadians, including those who live in long-term care and their families, with better palliative and end-of-life care, including culturally sensitive care:

  • Budget 2021 proposes to provide $29.8 million over six years, starting in 2021-22, to Health Canada to advance the government’s palliative care strategy and lay a better foundation for coordinated action on long-term and supportive care needs, improving access to quality palliative care. Initiatives could include: raising awareness of the importance of palliative care; providing public education on grief; improving palliative care skills and supports for health care providers, families, caregivers, and communities; enhancing data collection and research; and improving access to culturally sensitive palliative and end-of-life care.


Source: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2021/report-rapport/p3-en.html

First Annual Report on MAID in Canada (2019) – from Health Canada

The first federal Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada (2019) was released on July 24, 2020.

ENG: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying-annual-report-2019.html
FRE: https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/aide-medicale-mourir-rapport-annuel-2019.html

If you have questions about the report, please contact the End-of-Life Care Unit in Health Canada: hc.eolc-sfv.sc@canada.ca

CSPCP input to proposed regulations for monitoring of MAiD

Health Canada invited submissions regarding proposed regulations for monitoring of MAiD (viewable here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-12-16/html/reg6-eng.html)

The CSPCP submitted two strong recommendations:
1. To record the nature of the grievous and irremediable suffering
2. To measure, monitor, and reporting on the availability of alternatives such as palliative care, social services, and respite.

View the CSPCP submission here