Advance Care Planning in Canada

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Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada is a collaborative initiative led by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). The initiative aims to help people living in Canada prepare for their future and personal health care.

It involves a series of public awareness campaigns, supports community-based ACP programs, and promotes ACP resources and guides. The project is guided with input from the National Advance Care Planning Task Group.

Recent activities include:

A Pan-Canadian Framework

Updated in 2019, this foundational document provides guidance and priorities for action among different jurisdictions and systems across Canada. Download the Framework here.

National Poll

In order to gauge Canadians’ attitudes towards advanced care planning, ACP in Canada commissioned a national poll in 2021.  The poll asked Canadian adults about their end-of-life care planning. Key results were compared against responses from the 2019 national poll. For more information, including a summary of poll results, click here.

New Resources

ACP in Canada is always developing resources to help Canadian healthcare professionals and the public prepare for their future health and personal care. Several resources have been developed in partnership with various sectors, including long-term care, home care and the legal sector.  For more resources, click here.

Public Awareness

ACP in Canada runs an annual ACP Day campaign on April 16th and also develops seasonal campaigns to reach specific target groups. Public awareness activities are promoted extensively through the ACP in Canada social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn), website ( and the ACP Newsletter.

Workshop in a Box

The ACP Canada Workshop in a Box was launched in 2021. This free resource is for anyone who wants to raise awareness of advance care planning in communities across Canada. The program offers high-quality workshop materials, with content that reflects best practices in advance care planning, and offers ongoing facilitator support.

For more information, click here.

Visit or contact the ACP in Canada initiative at [email protected] to learn more about advance care planning in Canada and the ongoing activities in your province/territory.

We would like to thank project sponsors Health Canada and GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (GSK) and for their generous financial support over the years. Health Canada provided $2.5 million in project funding over 4 years. GSK is a science-led global healthcare company.and a long-standing supporter of the CHPCA.