Nominations for 2018 HPCO Scholarships and Bursary

HPCO honours individuals and organizations that provide or support excellent hospice palliative care in Ontario. Awards and Scholarships are presented annually at HPCO’s Conference.   The Joan Lesmond Scholarship HPCO awards the Joan Lesmond Scholarship to a community nurse or social worker in Ontario, working in the field of palliative care, who demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning and mentorship. The scholarship, named in loving memory of our friend, colleague and former board member Joan Lesmond includes a full registration to HPCO’s annual conference with Continue reading →

New Hospice Volunteer Application Form

HPCO has updated the Hospice Volunteer Application for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Once the form is complete and has been submitted, HPCO will forward the application to a local hospice. Click here for the updated Hospice Volunteer Application.

Ontario Establishing Care Coordination Service to Support Patient Access to End of Life Options

  From the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: As of May 31, 2017, Ontario will be launching a care coordination service to help patients and clinicians access information and support for medical assistance in dying and other end of life options. This service can be accessed by patients and their caregivers, as well as doctors or nurse practitioners. Patients and caregivers will receive information about end of life options, including information on hospice care and other palliative care options in their community and Continue reading →

Celebrating the Success of HPCO’s Online Hospice Volunteer Training System

A big thank you to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Saint Elizabeth for partnering with HPCO to create a dynamic online hospice volunteer learning environment. Over 1,150 volunteers enrolled in the first nine months! Saint Elizabeth CEO Shirlee Sharkey and HPCO CEO Rick Firth announced the partnership at HPCO Annual Conference in April 2016. The learning environment went live in August 2016 and in the nine months since, 82 Ontario Hospices have enrolled over 1,150 hospice volunteers and  over 21,300 learning Continue reading →

Statement on B-C14 (Medical Aid in Dying)

On Monday, May 30, 2016, Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) passed the report stage in the House of Commons. With the passage of Bill C-14 by the House of Commons, the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) remain committed to promoting access to hospice palliative care for all Canadians. We continue to strive to improve the quality of living and dying for persons with Continue reading →

Embracing Technology to Grow Ontario’s Volunteer Capacity

In an era of widespread digital communication, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and Saint Elizabeth are teaming up to make online learning accessible to thousands of hospice volunteers across the province. Leveraging the unique strengths of their organizations, the partners are working collaboratively to update and transform existing classroom-based training into interactive e-learning modules that volunteers may complete at their own pace. The program improves access to volunteer training for a larger pool of volunteers, overcoming existing barriers such as busy schedules and geographic location. Continue reading →

Right Person. Right Place. Right Time.

When Ottawa South MPP, John Fraser spoke at HPCO’s annual conference last spring, his words instilled confidence in the nearly 700 attendees in the room that day – and more so since, through 16 consultations across the province over the last several months – that he was indeed the right person, in the right place at the right time, doing the right work. It’s his personal experience that has brought him to ‘this job, this office, this responsibility’  saying he feels like ‘this is where I’m Continue reading →


This #GivingTuesday, on behalf of individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is sharing stories to improve awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families via social media  – on Twitter @hpcontario, via HPCO’s Facebook page and on its website. Using a united voice representing its membership on #GivingTuesday, HPCO highlights the contribution its members make to Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector, including health care professionals, volunteers, community partners, policy makers and home caregivers Continue reading →

Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario

If you are doing unique, innovative work or research related to enhancing quality hospice palliative care integration, collaboration or practice, consider submitting an abstract for a workshop, poster or oral paper. (Submission deadline for workshops: November 30, 2015; Submission deadline for posters and oral papers: January 15, 2016) Join renowned industry experts and provincial colleagues at HPCO’s annual conference April 17-19, 2016 to share and to learn about cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise. Delegates include system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line Continue reading →

Dr. S. Librach Award for Palliative Care in the Community – Dr. Bob Sauls is the 2015 Recipient

This award honours Dr. Larry Librach who began his medical career in 1970, and became an early presence in the field of palliative care in 1978 and was instrumental in shaping the Canadian approach to palliative care and palliative medicine. Throughout his 35 years in palliative care, Dr. Librach was a teacher and mentor, an encouraging and enthusiastic colleague and friend who embraced every opportunity to give of himself, and who consistently inspired others to do the same. The award is a $2,500 cash award Continue reading →