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Palliative Care  

The Value of Palliative Care IACB Guidelines for Health Care Facilities and Individual Providers Facing Permissive Laws on Physician Assistance in Suicide and Euthanasia.  To view the document click HERE

Palliative Care MattersWe need to ensure that palliative care becomes part of Canada’s universal healthcare model. That’s why Covenant Health has joined with many of Canada’s leading national health organizations and experts in palliative care and health policy to lead this initiative. 


 This Action Plan lays out Health Canada’s five-year plan to tackle issues uncovered through the development of the Framework. It aims to improve quality of life for people living with life-limiting illness, families and caregivers, and enhance access, quality of care and health care system performance. It complements current financial support to provinces and territories under the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities.

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In late 2017, the Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada was passed by Parliament with all-party support. During the spring and summer of 2018, Health Canada consulted with provincial and territorial governments, other federal departments, and national stakeholders, as well as people living with life-limiting illness, caregivers and Canadians. The findings from that consultation, as well as the requirements outlined in the Act, provided the foundation for the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.


Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association:  CHPCA is the national leader in the pursuit of quality hospice palliative care in Canada through: public policy, education, knowledge translation, awareness, and collaboration.



Guidlines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons & Famlies Considering or Opting for Death by Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia - A Guide for Priests and Parishes - Click here.

End-of-Life care in the Light of God’s Word - Click here.

Further Reading Material - Click here.

Interview with Katarina Lee, clinical ethicist at St. Boniface Hospital

- Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Decisions: What Catholics Need to Know - Click here.

- Avoiding the MAID Mindset: What Catholics Need to Know - Click here.


Medical Assistance in Dying

Excerpt:  “The legalization of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) raises a host of complex ethical and practical challenges that have implications for both policy and practice. The CMA supports maintaining the balance between three equally legitimate considerations: respecting decisional autonomy for those eligible Canadians who are seeking access, protecting vulnerable persons through careful attention to safeguards, and creating an environment in which practitioners are able to adhere to their moral commitments.”



2018 End of life choices Workshop ppt presentations

To obtain copies of the PPT presentations, click on the following links:  




To view results of the Table discussions on MAID click here, and to view the Table discussion results on Suffering click here.