January 4, 2019

Central LHIN Palliative Care Update
Provincial Funding for Local Hospices

Markham, ON (January 4, 2019) – The Central LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan for 2016-2019 includes a strategic priority for Better Palliative Care.

This priority is focused on helping patients with progressive, life-limiting illnesses live as they choose and to die in their preferred location with quality of life, comfort, dignity and security.

Aligned with this priority, the Central LHIN is pleased to share an update on three funding letters that the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, recently issued to three residential hospices in the Central LHIN:

  • Hospice Vaughan – funding commitment of up to $2 million to assist with the cost of constructing a new residential hospice. With construction already commenced, this new hospice is slated to open this coming summer. This hospice, once opened, will be located in Vaughan (Islington Avenue and Rutherford Road) and offer 10 residential hospice beds along with visiting hospice services and family support and bereavement services. 
  • Matthews House Hospice – funding of up to $1.2 million to support the construction costs for six residential hospice beds in their new facility which opened in July 2018. This expanded site, located at 131 Wellington Street East in Alliston, offers a total of 10 residential beds with 24-7 end of life care and support, as well as wellness programs, grief counselling, art therapy and other palliative care services.
  • Margaret Behan Hospice – funding of $351,000 for fiscal year 2018/19 to support purchasing furniture, equipment and operationalization for this 10-bed residential hospice which opened at 653 Queen Street in Newmarket in November 2017.

In addition to 24/7 nursing-medical care, this facility offers social work services, spiritual support, pharmacy & complimentary therapies to care for our residents and their families. In addition to funding to support construction costs, approved providers also receive $105,000 per residential hospice bed annually to support operational costs.

On December 10, 2018, Minister Elliott announced that government is increasing access to hospice beds across Ontario through an investment of over $33 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the province. Read the Ontario Government’s news release.

To learn about the Central LHIN’s Better Palliative Care priority, and more palliative care programs and services in Central LHIN, including plans for two more residential hospice facilities, visit our palliative care webpage. Additional information on local programs and services is available on centralhealthline