Resources and News
EFC Submission July 12, 2018
Bill Passes December 2017
- This private members bill on palliative care became law after receiving royal assent on Dec. 12, 2017
- The bill passed the House of Commons in October (much of the debate transcribed here) and was passed by the Senate on Dec. 7, 2017.
- Not long ago the EFC sent a letter, together with groups from the Jewish, Catholic and Muslim communities, to all Senators encouraging them to support the bill.
Submission (16 March 2017)
- The EFC made a submission about the bill to the Standing Committee on Health. The EFC said it supports Bill C-277 as a step toward improving palliative care. Download a PDF of the submission
An Interfaith Call for a Palliative Care Strategy for Canada (19 April 2017)
- Open letter published in The Hill Times
Faith Groups Renew Call for Improved Palliative Care (17 November 2016)
- Faith groups have renewed their call for high-quality palliative care in an interfaith letter of support for MP Marilyn Gladu's bill to develop a palliative care framework (aussi disponible en français). You can also write to your MP asking them to support Bill C-277 using our sample letter.
Developing a Palliative Care Framework (2016, Bill C-277)
The EFC supported private member’s Bill C-277 on developing a palliative care framework. MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia Lambton) introduced Bill C-277 on May 30, 2016. This bill requires the Health Minister, in consultation with provinces, to develop a palliative care framework that: (a) defines what palliative care is; (b) identifies the palliative care training and education needs of palliative health care providers; (c) identifies measures to support palliative caregivers; (d) collects research and data on palliative care; (e) identifies measures to facilitate a consistent access to palliative care across Canada; and (f) evaluates the advisability of amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care services provided through home care, long term care facilities and residential hospices.