Caregiver distress: A crisis grows

A conversation between Anna Greenberg, Interim President and CEO of Health Quality Ontario, and Craig Lindsay, an individual who has had significant experience as a caregiver. Anna and Craig discuss both the broader issue of caregiver distress and the very personal challenges that an individual caregiver can face. To read the entire blog, please view the link

Dan’s Law Passed First Reading

Dan Duma is the namesake for ‘Dan’s Law’ which is a bill in the Ontario Legislature designed to increase access for publicly-funded palliative care for Ontario residents who move out of province and then want to come home at the end of their lives. A new bill from Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky is aimed at changing that, called Dan’s Law. This law would remove the three-month waiting period for access to OHIP funded home and palliative care, for Canadian residents who move or return to Ontario. We Continue reading →

HPCO Accreditation Program (video included)

The HPCO accreditation program, based on the Hospice Standards framework, is specifically designed for hospices in Ontario.  Originally developed in 2003, the process was updated in 2015 to include a thorough evidence submission, comprehensive peer review, and detailed report with commendations and required improvements.  We are accepting registrations for Spring/Summer 2020 and beyond.  To learn more, please take a moment to watch our promotional video at Accreditation Video For more information about the HPCO Accreditation Program, please visit:

Ontario Budget 2018 – New Investments in Hospice Palliative Care

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario appreciates the Ontario Government’s continued commitment to supporting quality community hospice palliative care.  The demand for care is increasing with the aging population and new funding announced in the Ontario Budget will help people receive care in their homes, whenever possible.  The Government has also demonstrated tremendous compassion by committing to invest in developing models for perinatal hospice, when bereavement begins before birth.  HPCO will continue to work with Government as a valued partner in supporting people and their families with Continue reading →

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 →