Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening illness. High quality palliative care uses an interdisciplinary approach to care that focuses on the concerns of patients and families, provides pain and symptom management and supports patients to die with dignity in a setting of their choice.

Early referral to palliative care provides proven benefits however currently, most Canadians only receive this kind of care in the last month of their lives. A palliative approach to care provides the right care, in the right place at the right time - improving peoples’ quality of life and the appropriate utilization and costs of healthcare.


Open call for innovations in palliative and end-of-life care

Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

A palliative approach to care across the continuum: Providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time

We know that right now, palliative care innovations are happening across Canada.

Although these innovations exist in Canada and elsewhere, they have not been widely implemented across this country. There is a need to identify and spread integrated approaches to palliative care and better understand their impact on experiences, quality of life, and costs for patients, caregivers, providers and systems. Tell us about innovations that are working well in your area of the country. CFHI wants to help spread them, to improve care for all Canadians.

If your innovation is selected, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Receive a 2017 CFHI Innovation Award and be recognized as an innovator;
  • Present your innovation at the CFHI CEO Forum (June 21, 2017 in Toronto);
  • Benefit from CFHI support to identify opportunities to spread your innovation.

Are you an individual or part of a team with a demonstrated or emerging innovation in palliative care? Then we want to hear from you!

Key Dates

  • February 8, 2017: Open Call for Innovations launches
  • February 27, 2017: Informational Webinar
  • April 5, 2017 (midnight Eastern Time): Applications due
  • May 10, 2017: Notification of selected applicants
  • June 21, 2017: Selected applicants present their innovation at the 2017 CFHI CEO Forum (Toronto, Ontario)

Questions about this open call for innovations?

Contact Jessie Checkley, Senior Improvement Lead at Jessie.Checkley@cfhi-fcass.ca
or 613-728-2238 (x356)


EXTRA Cohort 12

Cohort 12 of CFHI’s flagship EXTRA: Executive Training Program had a special theme focused on palliative and end-of-life care. Five of the teams accepted into the cohort focused on improvement projects that developed approaches on this special theme.
Learn more about the teams »


Palliative Care Matters Partnership

Canada is at a turning point when it comes to palliative care and we recognize that both national and local action is needed so that everyone can access timely, quality care in the last phase of their life. The Palliative Care Matters initiative was started by Covenant Health to ensure palliative care becomes part of Canada’s universal healthcare model and has joined many of Canada’s leading national health organizations and experts in palliative care and health policy to lead a Consensus Development Conference in Ottawa, Ontario on November 7-9.

CFHI was a proud partner of this initiative that developed a consensus statement as a road map for Canada released early in 2017.