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Action Plan

“My hope [is that there will be] a systematic approach to the delivery of palliative care services so that whenever anyone in Ontario is nearing the end of curative treatments, they will have a clear and easy pathway to the palliative supports they need.” Valerie M., caregiver


A Plan for Better Access for All Ontarians

We have a mandate to improve access to the provision of equitable and sustainable quality hospice palliative care services in Ontario. The Ontario Palliative Care Network Action Plan 1: 2017 – 2020 outlines how we will work together to ensure that quality hospice palliative care services are readily available and easy to access for people with life-limiting illness and their loved ones.

As the 38 actions outlined in this plan are implemented, we aim to move towards a system that will:

  • Empower patients to identify their goals, access services, and manage their care
  • Help patients, their loved ones and care providers understand the benefits of palliative care, healthcare consent, and advance care planning
  • Enable patients and caregivers to have access to information about the palliative care services they need
  • Allow healthcare providers to have the information they need to engage their patients in a dialogue about palliative care and know how to connect them to the services they need and want
  • Ensure that there is meaningful progress towards improving access and strengthening hospice palliative care in the province
  • Through a dedicated engagement plan with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, identify gaps in palliative care and develop recommendations that will inform future annual work plans
  • Continue to strengthen local engagement with Francophone communities in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of services to meet care needs

Achieving equitable and effective access to sustainable quality hospice palliative care in Ontario will take longer than the three-year scope of this plan. But with commitment, collaboration and resources at every level – provincial, regional and local – we will transform the delivery of hospice palliative care services in this province.