Message from the Minister of Health and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health on National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 5-11, 2024)


May 6, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

This week marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada and this year’s theme highlights the importance of providing compassionate care to anyone facing a serious illness, regardless of their age, stage of illness or what treatments they receive. During this week, we are raising awareness about how palliative care can improve the quality of life and support for people leaving with a serious illness and those closest to them.

Access to palliative care can help both patients and their families cope with an extremely difficult time. Reducing or alleviating symptoms; By helping patients make important decisions or providing grief support, palliative care is a holistic approach that can help improve quality of life.

Health and social services professionals, community leaders, and volunteers can provide a palliative approach to care at any point in the illness process for most people living with a serious illness. Everyone in Canada living with a serious illness or nearing the end of their life deserves the highest quality of care and support, regardless of who they are, where they live or their ability to pay. That is why the Government of Canada collaborated with provinces, territories, health care providers and partners to develop a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada and implement the Palliative Care Action Plan, which includes key commitments to raise awareness of the palliative care and grief. ; improve palliative care skills and supports for health care providers and others; improve data and research; and improve access to culturally sensitive palliative care and access for vulnerable populations.

As part of those efforts, in March 2023, Health Canada launched a multi-year public education campaign to raise awareness about palliative care and bereavement among non-palliative care providers. Phase II launched in October 2023 and expanded the audience to reach people living with serious illness and their families. Additionally, we announced $2 million in funding over four years for Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC), which will allow them to collaborate with partner organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Association to improve the delivery of palliative care services so that everyone can receive safe, timely and appropriate care. at the location of your choice.

The federal government continues to work closely with provinces, territories, people living with serious illnesses, caregivers, stakeholders and communities to improve the quality and availability of palliative care for all people in Canada, as well as home and community-based care and long-term. . The Government is investing $5.4 billion in tailored bilateral agreements with provinces and territories that focus on allowing people to age with dignity, closer to home.

This week, we encourage you to raise awareness about the importance of palliative care in Canada by using the hashtags #PalliativeCareIsForYou and #NHPCW on your social media channels. Together, we can all play a role in ensuring that everyone receives the care they need.

Learn more about palliative care.

The Honorable Mark Holland, PC, MP
The Honorable Ya’ara Saks, PC, MP


Christopher Aoun
press secretary
Office of the Honorable Mark Holland
Health Minister

Daniel Yuval
press secretary
Office of the Honorable Ya’ara Saks
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health

Media relations

Health Canada
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