Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

What do we do?

The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness. Established in 1991, its volunteer Board of Directors is composed of hospice palliative care workers and volunteers from Canadian provinces and territories as well as members-at-large.

What is Hospice Palliative Care?

The following definition was taken from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Norms of Practice following extensive national consultation. 

Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.

Hospice palliative care strives to help patients and families:

  • address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fear.
  • prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process
  • Cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.

Hospice palliative care aims to:

  • treat all active issues
  • prevent new issues from occurring
  • Promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences, personal and spiritual growth, and self-actualization.

Contact Information

Annex D, Saint-Vincent Hospital, 60 Cambridge Street North
Ottawa,  Ontario
K1R 7A5
Contact Name: Sharon Baxter, Executive Director
Phone: (613) 241-3663
Fax: (613) 241-3986


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