Ontario Increasing Access to Hospice Palliative Care in West Northumberland

New Hospice Will Be a Centre for Excellence for Hospice Palliative Care


Ontario is improving access to hospice palliative care in Northumberland County with the opening of a new hospice that will support up to 35 more clients and their families each year.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Lou Rinaldi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland- Quinte West, were at Community Care Northumberland today to announce the future Community Care Northumberland Hospice Care Centre in West Northumberland.

The new facility will ensure high-quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care is available to meet the growing need for residential hospice care in the region. The centre will provide patients, caregivers and families seamless access to information, support, referral options and relevant programs.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“Hospices in Ontario do an excellent job of providing high quality and compassionate care in our communities. This new funding will support the critical role that Community Care Northumberland already plays in this community, and is an important part of our government’s commitment to expand hospice palliative care across the province so that even more people can benefit from their supports.”— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

"Community Care Northumberland is continuing its long history of compassionate support for members of our community who are in most need. Our government has made hospice care a priority so that our families and our neighbours know they can get the care required at a time when they are most vulnerable."

- Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West

“Today’s funding announcement is an integral piece in the development of our Hospice Services program. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Central East LHIN, our local partners and the community to broaden hospice palliative care resources focusing on quality, respect, choice and dignity for clients with life limiting illnesses and their families.”

— Trish Baird, Executive Director, Community Care Northumberland

“The creation of Hospice Hubs is one of the five priority recommendations approved by the Board of the Central East LHIN as it implements the LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan. Together, the LHIN and its health service providers are continuing to support palliative patients to die in settings other than hospitals if that is the patient’s choice. Today’s announcement supports the LHIN’s Palliative Care goal and supports Community Care Northumberland, as a Hospice Hub and Centre of Excellence in hospice palliative care, grief and bereavement services, to provide end-of-life services to local residents when death is imminent and a home death is not possible.”

— Deborah Hammons, Chief Executive Officer, Central East Local Health Network


  • Ontario will provide annual operating funding of $315,000 to Community Care Northumberland Hospice for three beds once construction is complete.
  • Community Care Northumberland has 140 trained volunteers as part of its visiting hospice volunteer service. Last year, they provided 3,750 hours of service to 250 clients.
  • According to a recent study of the Northumberland Hills Hospital catchment area, the need for inpatient palliative care is expected to grow by 75 per cent over the next 25 years.
  • As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario announced an additional investment of $75 million in hospice and palliative care over three years. This additional spending will be on top of the $80 million already invested in hospice and palliative care, bringing the total investment to $155 million from April 2016 to April 2019.
  • The province’s support for the new hospice in Northumberland is part of its commitment to support up to 20 additional hospices.
  • Ontario is funding the Ontario Palliative Care Network, a partnership among Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks, Health Quality Ontario and other partners, including members from diverse care settings and caregivers, clinical representatives and associations.



For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

Media Contacts:

Laura Gallant, Minister’s Office, 416-327-4450

David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 


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