Bill C-277 (2016-2017): Developing a palliative care framework


Resources and News

Update (Dec. 13, 2017)

  • This private members bill on palliative car became law after receiving royal assent on Dec. 12!
  • 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 supports 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 would require 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.

You can write to your MP asking them to support Bill C-277 using our sample letter.

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