PublicationsWhile all of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s publications are targeted to hospice palliative care programs, much of the information will be helpful to other non-profit organizations or to individuals. To order any of the following publications, please contact us or download an order form and send to

  • Standards for Visiting Hospice Services Service: These standards, which are specific to Ontario’s Visiting Hospice Services, are consistent with the  Norms of Practice developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
  • Complementary Therapy Standards: The complementary therapy standards are a measure against which complementary therapy programs can be assessed for the purposes of quality assurance. For auditing and accreditation purposes, these standards are best practice goals to be working towards. The standards aim to improve supportive care for clients and their families.
  • Community Residential Hospice Standards: These standards, which act as a guide, have been developed and revised based on evidence from the literature, governing legislation and regulation and national models of care.
  • Developing a Home Hospice Program: A Startup Manual: All the information necessary to initiate a community-based hospice program is outlined in this 323-page book. Establishing the Need, Administration, and Client Care are some of the chapters.
  • Getting the Hospice Message Out: A Community Relations Manual: Concise directions for establishing a community relations program and building a productive relationship with the community is contained in this 65-page book.
  • How to Develop a Community Residential Hospice Handbook and Toolkit: Available on CD only. The handbook is intended to stimulate thinking, guide planning and provide helpful hints based on the experience of existing and emerging residential hospices. The toolkit is a collection of sample tools, checklists and table of contents for policies and procedures shared by hospices to maximize best-practice sharing and avoid reinventing the wheel where possible.
  • Residential Hospice Standards: These standards for client care, which are specific to Community Residential Hospices, are consistent with the Norms of Practice developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
  • Volunteer Handbook: This curriculum is divided into 15 modules of varying lengths which cover the required 30 hours of training for Ontario’s hospice palliative care visiting volunteers. For members only.

Publications Available by Download

Advancing High Quality, High Value Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario: A Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action   English version   version française

Hospice Palliative Care Systems Design Framework.  A Knowledge Synthesis Report for developing regional system of hospice palliative care. 

Strengthening Ontario’s End-of-Life Continuum: Advice Regarding the Role of Residential Hospices.  The final report of the Residential Hospice Working Group, MOHLTC, March 2015

Environment Scan for Strengthening Residential Hospice Care in Ontario. A Report of the Residential Hospice Working Group, March 2015