Bill C-277 (2016-2018): Developing a palliative care framework

04 December 2018

Resources and News

Palliative Care Framework (4 December 2018)

EFC Submission (12 July 2018)

Bill Passes (12 December 2017)

  • This private members bill on palliative care became law after receiving royal assent on Dec. 12, 2017
  • The bill passed the House of Commons in October (much of the debate transcribed here) and was passed by the Senate on Dec. 7, 2017.
  • Not long ago the EFC sent a letter, together with groups from the Jewish, Catholic and Muslim communities, to all Senators encouraging them to support the bill.

Submission (16 March 2017)

  • The EFC made a submission about the bill to the Standing Committee on Health. The EFC said it supports Bill C-277 as a step toward improving palliative care. Download a PDF of the submission

An Interfaith Call for a Palliative Care Strategy for Canada (19 April 2017)

  • Open letter published in The Hill Times

Faith Groups Renew Call for Improved Palliative Care (17 November 2016)

  • Faith groups have renewed their call for high-quality palliative care in an interfaith letter of support for MP Marilyn Gladu's bill to develop a palliative care framework (aussi disponible en français). You can also write to your MP asking them to support Bill C-277 using our sample letter.


Developing a Palliative Care Framework (2016, Bill C-277)

The EFC supported private member’s Bill C-277 on developing a palliative care framework. MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia Lambton) introduced Bill C-277 on May 30, 2016. This bill requires the Health Minister, in consultation with provinces, to develop a palliative care framework that: (a) defines what palliative care is; (b) identifies the palliative care training and education needs of palliative health care providers; (c) identifies measures to support palliative caregivers; (d) collects research and data on palliative care; (e) identifies measures to facilitate a consistent access to palliative care across Canada; and (f) evaluates the advisability of amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care services provided through home care, long term care facilities and residential hospices.

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