About Us

We are a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners formed to develop a coordinated and standardized approach for delivering hospice palliative care services in the province. Our work is person-centred, focused on supporting quality hospice palliative care for all people in Ontario, no matter what their age or illness.

We are a coordinated network of individuals and organizations including:

  • universities
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Long-Term Care
  • palliative health care service providers such as:
    • acute care providers
    • community support services organizations
    • home care providers
    • hospices
  • palliative pain and symptom management consultants
  • patient, families and caregivers
  • provincial organizations representing:
    • community care
    • long-term care homes
    • primary care
    • other parts of the health system
  • Regional Palliative Care Networks
  • volunteers

History and Background

December 2011

More than 80 groups from across Ontario partner to set forth a new vision and a new plan for palliative care in Ontario. This declaration serves as our foundation, and sets the stage to put patients and their families at the centre of every decision made regarding hospice palliative care.

Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: A Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action (PDF)

October 2014

The Local Health Integration Networks and CCO (now part of Ontario Health) develop a business plan for a new provincial hospice palliative care structure. This plan builds on previous work and proposes a formalized provincial network accountable for driving the delivery of quality coordinated hospice palliative care in Ontario.

March 2016

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (now Ministry of Health) officially launches the Ontario Palliative Care Network.

Inaugural Report 2016-17 (PDF) (English)

Inaugural Report 2016-17 (PDF) (French)

December 2017

Our first action plan launches to guide how we will work together with our partners to make sure quality hospice palliative care services are readily available and easy to access for people with life-limiting illness and their loved ones.

Ontario Palliative Care Network Action Plan 1: 2017-2020