Compassionate Communities Provincial Strategy


Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons
who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved. The goal is to provide comfort
and dignity for the person living with the illness and his or her family as well as the best quality of
life. The wholistic domains of issues often associated with illness and bereavement include: disease
management, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, practical, end-of-life care and death
management, as well as loss and grief. Therefore, hospice palliative care is not just about dying, it is
about living well to the natural end of life.

In light of Canada’s rapidly aging population, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is supporting a new
provincial strategy called “Compassionate Communities” to catalyze whole person care throughout
the province of Ontario, to benefit patients, family caregivers, and the formal health care system.
Consistent with Ontario’s Patients First agenda, this enhances access to care and strengthens
Ontario’s ability to connect, inform, and protect seniors as well as people with chronic and advanced
disease and their caregivers.

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To find out more information please contact:

Julie Darnay, Manager, Partnerships & Communities of Practice
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
T: 416.304.1477 ext. 30 or 1.800.349.3111 ext. 30




In 2018, Pallium CanadaBC Centre for Palliative Care and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario partnered together to create a ready to use evaluation toolkit for Compassionate Community initiatives and make this toolkit accessible to Compassionate Communities’ Champions throughout Canada. This partnership stimulated a dialogue between national and provincial organizations around pan-Canadian perspectives of what existing Compassionate Communities in the different jurisdictions look like, with the goal of reaching a consensus on a common definition and approach for evaluation of this important community work. The project’s design fosters networking and connections to accelerate sharing of knowledge and resources. The goal of this project is to support Compassionate Community initiatives based in Canada to adopt a common approach to evaluate their work with a focus on implementation facilitators, barriers and potential for scale up and spread.  

For this project, we are inviting you to complete a short online survey to provide feedback on a definition and description of existing Compassionate Communities in Canada. Your feedback will help inform the development of an evaluation toolkit that can be used by Compassionate Communities’ Champions in Canada like yourself. The evaluation framework and tool will be developed through this partnership. This survey is anonymous and should only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Please make sure to complete the survey before it is closed on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

For more information, refer to the linked documents (available in both English and French).

To complete the survey, please visit:

Project Overview (English) 

Project Overview (French)

Compassionate Communities National Definition Survey Invitation (English)

Compassionate Communities National Definition Survey Invitation (French)

Social Media Messages (English & French)