Minister Petitpas Taylor announces $6 million in funding for Pallium Canada to improve access to quality palliative care services

OTTAWA, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 – Many Canadians with life-threatening illnesses wish to remain independent and receive the care they need in their own homes. Quality home and palliative care is critical to making this happen.

Today, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced $6 million in funding over three years to Pallium Canada to train more health care providers and others in palliative care so that more Canadians can access this care where and when they need it.

“Access to quality palliative care services is essential for Canadians facing life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. I am pleased that our Government is helping Pallium Canada to expand its well-known program so that more people are trained to provide comfort, compassion and support for those who are nearing the end of life.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“Every Canadian facing a life-threatening illness should receive high quality palliative care, yet only 15% to 30% have access to such services. Pallium Canada is pleased for the support provided by Health Canada, which helps ensure that more Canadians are mobilized and equipped with the knowledge and skillset to deliver high quality compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.”

Gérald Savoie, Chair, Board of Directors
Pallium Canada

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About Pallium Canada
Pallium Canada is a not-for-profit, internationally recognized, pan-Canadian organization that has been at the forefront of developing, testing and implementing strategies to increase primary-level palliative care. The overall goal of Pallium’s work is to strengthen Canadians’ ability to provide interprofessional, home and community-based palliative care through education and support to healthcare professionals, community carers and caregivers so that every Canadian who requires palliative care will receive it early, effectively and compassionately.