Ontario government announces $75m in new funding for end-of-life care

Dying With Dignity Canada thanks the Government of Ontario for committing $75 million over three years in new funding to improve access to end-of-life care.

In a news release Fridaythe province said the investment will allow for the creation of up to 20 new hospices and increased support for caregivers tending to Ontarians who wish to die at home. In total, the provincial government is set to devote $155 million over the next three years to hospice and palliative care programs.

Dying With Dignity Canada, the leading organization helping Canadians to avoid unwanted, unnecessary suffering at end of life, is applauding the province for its commitment to developing a comprehensive strategy for end-of-life care.

“We thank Queen’s Park for its commitment to expand and improve end-of-life choices for Ontarians,” said Dying With Dignity Canada CEO Shanaaz Gokool. “We encourage other provinces and territories to follow Ontario’s lead. High-quality palliative care is one of several options for care that must be available to Canadians who are facing a terminal diagnosis.”

However, with less than three months until the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carter v. Canada comes into effect, Gokool called on the province to announce what steps it’s taking to ensure patients across the province have fair, safe and timely access to their right to die in peace with the help of a doctor. She also urged Queen’s Park to require that all publicly funded hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities allow assisted dying to be provided on their premises.

“Ontarians at end of life must not be forced to choose between high-quality palliative care and access to their hard-won right to physician-assisted dying.”

(Header photo credit: Benson Kua/Wikimedia)

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