Pallium Canada Endorses Government’s New Palliative Care Framework


Ottawa, December 10, 2018 – Pallium Canada is congratulating the federal government, and the Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, for taking a significant step forward to address end-of-life challenges faced in our country by formalizing the newly released Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

Pallium Canada was pleased to provide witness testimony to Parliamentary committees at both the House of Commons and the Senate while the Framework legislation was being debated. Throughout the legislative process for the passing of Bill C-277 and the development of the Framework, the government listened closely to stakeholders and gathered valuable input from provincial and territorial governments and dozens of additional interest groups, resulting in this important guiding document which will help increase the sectors’ efforts to provide solutions to the formidable palliative care challenge ahead for Canadians. With the release of the new Framework document Pallium is pleased to see that its palliative care training and knowledge tools align so well with the goals set out in the Framework.

Pallium’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Moat, commented that “the Framework builds on the leadership of many committed health care professionals, government officials, and concerned family members over the years, but most importantly it builds on hope…hope that our collective efforts will help grow compassionate communities and compassionate care, where best practices are integrated into our health care system and extend beyond our hospitals and hospices and enter into our homes.”

“We need this kind of vision as our population ages—and the Framework provides a network of interested parties, all engaged and prepared to be even more engaged. This is no small feature of the Framework, and I think you will see that more clearly as the year unfolds,” Moat added.

About Pallium Canada

Pallium is a national, evidence-based organization focused on building professional and community capacity to help improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada.