March 2, 2018

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Ontario Opening New Hospice in Waterloo Region

More patients and families in Waterloo Region to receive compassionate palliative care, closer to home

Ontario is partnering with local communities throughout the province to build new residential hospices.  This will include a new residential hospice that will provide an estimated 200 people and families each year in Waterloo Region with expanded access to compassionate palliative and end of life care.

MPP for Kitchener Centre Daiene Vernile, and MPP for Cambridge Kathryn McGarry, were in Waterloo today to announce that Hospice of Waterloo Region will build a new 10‑bed residential hospice in Waterloo, as part of a new hospice palliative care centre. 

Once completed, the new residence will provide nursing and personal support services for end-of-life support in a home-like environment.  The centre will also include expanded spaces for the community hospice support services currently delivered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, rooms for volunteer and health care professional education, and a palliative medical clinic.

Hospice of Waterloo Region has been providing hospice services to the community for 25 years.  In 2017 more than 230 volunteers delivered over 11,000 hours of support to 1,200 clients and caregivers for home visits, day programs, and a variety of support groups. 

By providing capital funding to eligible hospices to supplement local fundraising efforts, Ontario is supporting the creation of new and expanded residential hospices across the province.  This investment will help more than 2,000 additional people and their families provincially to access palliative and end-of-life care each year.

Residential hospices provide expert care in a home-like environment, giving families and friends the space and support they need to be with their loved ones at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. 

Expanding access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“The opening of new addiction medicine clinics will significantly improve access to high quality addiction supports in communities across the province grappling with the opioid crisis.  Our government is committed to continuing to work with all partners impacted by this crisis and using every tool available to save lives.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

 “I am delighted to announce more funding for hospices across Ontario. In 2016, we committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care so that all Ontarians can receive high-quality and compassionate care closer to home.  Helping hospices to open new beds will mean that even more people can benefit from their supports.”

— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

 “Compassionate palliative care is a much needed resource in Waterloo Region.  This is a welcome investment for our community, and will go a long way toward bringing support for people where and when they need it.  By providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere, hospices offer an environment where friends and family offer support for their loved-ones, while knowing that they're receiving the best possible care at a difficult time.”

— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre

 “I believe a life well lived is a journey including the opportunity to depart with grace and dignity, in the loving embrace of family and friends.  Hospices are more than a place offering palliative care.  They are also a place for the living.  A place of healing.  A place of love. That’s exactly what I know will be offered here in Waterloo.”

— Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge

“Hospice of Waterloo Region is grateful to the Ministry of Health for their contribution to the residential wing of our new hospice and palliative care centre.  This new facility will help us to achieve our vision for a seamless continuum of care from diagnosis to bereavement for families in our region.”

— Gary Leduc, Hospice of Waterloo Region Board President


  • Ontario will provide up to $2 million to help fund the costs of building the new residential hospice wing of the Hospice of Waterloo Region centre. Once construction is complete, the province will provide over $1 million in annual operating funding.
  • The government is delivering on its 2016‑17 commitment to supporting up to 20 new hospices across Ontario within three years by contributing to the construction and renovation costs for hospices.
  • In 2016, the province announced an additional $75 million for hospice and palliative care over the following three years. This additional spending will be on top of the $80 million already invested in hospice and palliative care, bringing the total to $155 million.
  • As of February 2018, the province is investing about $42 million per year to support 400 beds at 74 hospice sites across Ontario.




Rebecca Wagner

Office of Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre

379 Queen St. South, Unit 3

Kitchener, ON N2G 1W6


Kevin Swayze

Office of Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

498 Eagle Street North, Unit 101

Cambridge, ON N3H 1C2