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 →

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 →

Visiting Hospice Services Accreditation

HPCO’s Accreditation Framework for Visiting Hospice Services in Ontario is now available. All Visiting Hospice Service organizations in Ontario are encouraged to register by Tuesday September 15, 2015, indicating their intent to complete an HPCO Accreditation Review by 2018. There are two application deadlines each year: Approved applications received by October 1st each year must submit evidence of compliance with the standards by March 1st of the following year. The Accreditation decision will be delivered in writing by June 1st. Approved applications received by April 1st Continue reading →

HPCO Conference 2015

In April 2015, Hospice Palliative Care’s Annual conference gathered more than 700 delegates to learn about best practices, become inspired and to network with sector professionals. Health professionals, volunteers and system leaders interviewed during the conference share their knowledge and passion for the work they do and their impressions of hospice palliative care in Ontario.      

Mississauga Mayor Named Honourary Chair of Hospice Capital Campaign

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has been named Honourary Chair of the Bring It Home Campaign, the $18 million capital campaign for Heart House Hospice to build a residential hospice in Mississauga. End of life care is something we’re all going to face one day. But for many people in the community, they have no choice but to live out their final days in a clinical setting. Heart House Hospice has been working for 30 years to offer more to people at this stage in life: comfort, compassion and Continue reading →

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning in favour of allowing physician-assisted death.

In the judgment, available here,  the court ruled that: Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his Continue reading →

Call for award nominations now open

The call for nominations for HPCO’s annual awards is now officially open! These awards will be presented at our 2015 annual conference. We invite you to review the criteria, and consider nominating colleagues and volunteers whose dedication you would like to honour. These awards include: The June Callwood Circle of Outstanding Volunteers (Nomination forms have been sent to hospice Executive Directors/Agency Heads via email). Submission Deadline: March 15, 2015 The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care (Online Submission). Submission Deadline: March 15, 2015 The Dr. S. Lawrence Continue reading →