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 progressive life-limiting illness and their families.

HPCO and CHPCA along with their members, encourage Canada’s parliament and the federal government to move forward and make hospice palliative care and advance care planning real priorities. We are encouraged by the Government’s commitment to provide $3 billion over the next four years to home care including palliative care and we look forward to seeing details of the proposed plan shortly.

HPCO is the voice for hospice palliative care in Ontario and a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada. Both associations support hospice palliative care organizations, healthcare professionals and volunteer in the advancement of quality hospice palliative care in Canada. Our work includes standards and best practice, public policy, education and awareness.