Program overview :

Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) partnered to deliver the Paramedics and Palliative Care program, bringing vital in-home palliative approaches to care to people in Canada living with cancer and other life-limiting conditions – when they need it and where they want it.

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HEC and the Partnership partnered with diverse stakeholders to co-design programs, and as such acknowledge the value and importance of external resources, including Pallium Canada's Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) Paramedic course, Canadian Virtual Hospice’s MyGriefToolbox, and the local palliative care, home care, emergency health and paramedic services who continue to work to provide the best care for individuals, families and caregivers.


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Ten teams across nine provinces participated in the Paramedics Providing Palliative Care: Bringing Vital Services to Canadians program.

The original innovator sites in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Alberta formed three of the teams. They participated as coaching jurisdictions and worked with HEC and the Partnership to spread and scale the Paramedics and Palliative care program to other areas of Canada.

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia participated as implementation teams. They were supported to successfully implement the program.

Participating and coaching jurisdictions located on a map of Canada. British Columbia Emergency Health Services is in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is a participating jurisdiction. Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services and Alberta Health is shown in Calgary, Alberta. It is a coaching jurisdiction. Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area is in Regina, Saskatchewan. It is a participating jurisdiction. Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority is shown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is a participating jurisdiction. York Region Paramedic Services is in the Regional Municipality of York, Ontario. It is a participating jurisdiction. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is shown in Ottawa, Ontario. It is a participating jurisdiction. Ambulance New Brunswick/Extra Mural Program is in Moncton, New Brunswick. It is a participating jurisdiction. Nova Scotia Emergency Health Services and Nova Scotia Health Authority is a coaching team. It is shown in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Island Emergency Medical Services and Health PEI is another coaching jurisdiction. On the map it is shown in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Finally, is the participating jurisdiction of Eastern Health. It is in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.


The Paramedics and Palliative Care: Bringing Vital Services to Canadians program was supported by several advisors, subject matter experts, patient and family advisors and coaches. Advisors shared their experiences either as individuals and families who had lived experiences of receiving palliative care, or as professionals who had expertise in palliative approaches to care as well as healthcare improvement. For a full list of contributors, see the Paramedics and Palliative Care change package.