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Ontario Government Invests $2.75 Million to Expand Palliative Care Access in Ottawa

The Ontario government has announced a significant investment of $2.75 million over two years to enhance access to palliative care services in the Ottawa region. This funding will facilitate the addition of eight new hospice beds at Hospice Care Ottawa’s La Maison de l’Est, and two new pediatric hospice beds at Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice, situated within the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

The move aims to provide families with comfortable and dignified end-of-life care options closer to home. Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring individuals receive high-quality, specialized support during their final days, surrounded by loved ones.

The eight new beds at La Maison de l’Est will be housed within the Cité Parkway Retirement Residence, fostering a familiar environment for families seeking end-of-life care. La Maison de l’Est is also actively forging partnerships within the Francophone community to deliver culturally appropriate palliative care services. Bilingual Francophone health care providers and volunteers will be recruited to provide services in French, while a Francophone hospice palliative care hub will be established to cater to the specific needs of the community.

At Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice, the addition of two pediatric hospice beds brings the total number of beds to 10. This expansion enables the hospice to offer comprehensive palliative care services for children and youth living with progressive life-limiting illnesses, including residential care, respite, symptom management, recreation therapy, and grief support for families.

Reflecting on the significance of this investment, Benoit Hubert, Chair of the Board of Directors at Hospice Care Ottawa, expressed gratitude for the provision of end-of-life care services in the Franco-Ontarian community’s mother tongue, emphasizing its importance in maintaining dignity and fostering understanding and support.

Megan Wright, Executive Director of Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice, highlighted the impact of the two new beds in extending services to more families, enabling them to cherish precious moments with their children.

Local politicians also weighed in on the initiative, with MPPs Lisa MacLeod, Goldie Ghamari, and Nolan Quinn praising the government’s commitment to providing quality hospice care for residents in the Ottawa region.

Through initiatives like this, the Ontario government continues to prioritize the expansion of palliative care services across the province, ensuring individuals and families have access to compassionate end-of-life care options tailored to their needs and preferences.


This investment marks a significant milestone in improving access to palliative care services in Ottawa. By expanding hospice bed capacity and prioritizing cultural sensitivity, the government is addressing the diverse needs of the community. This commitment to providing dignified end-of-life care close to home is commendable and reflects a broader effort to enhance healthcare services across Ontario. As we move forward, it’s crucial to sustain and build upon these initiatives to ensure all individuals receive the support and care they deserve during life’s most challenging moments.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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