Palliative Care – C-277


Recent MY Canada National Updates On This Topic:

Jan 25th, 2017 – Upcoming Debate on Bill C-277: Giving Canadians Guaranteed Access to Palliative Care



In May 2016, MP for Sarnia-Lambton Marilyn Gladu introduced her private members’ bill C-277, “an act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada,” which calls on the ministry of health to work with palliative care professionals and provincial leaders in health to implement nation-wide palliative care standards.


Current Palliative Care Facts:

  • There are only 200 hospices in Canada.
  • Only 16-30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services.
  • Support for hospice palliative care is almost unanimous, with the vast majority of Canadians (96%) being supportive, including 66% who are very supportive.
  • Almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.
  • Hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and provides support to family caregivers. 
  • The cost of dying in Canada ranges from as low as $10,000 for a sudden death to between $30,000 and $40,000 for someone with a terminal disease. It is estimated that, compared to usual acute care, hospital-based hospice palliative care may save the health care system approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per patient

(Facts quoted from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)

Bill C-277 Would:

  • Provide a definition for palliative care,
  • Identify the training needed for palliative care professionals, 
  • Ensure consistent access to palliative care in Canada
  • Consider amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a guaranteed healthcare option
  • Outline periodical report releases from the Minister of Health, highlighting any concerns or recommendations.


What You Can Do:

Please contact your Member of Parliament and ask them to vote to support Bill C-277 this winter.

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