Advance Care Planning in Canada

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The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) has run the Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada initiative since 2008, developing a National Framework for advance care planning in collaboration with a number of sectors and professional groups. The initiative has created a website, which includes news on activities underway across Canada as well as a repository of tools developed for professionals and patients/individuals to assist them in making appropriate decisions regarding their care. Resources, information, and best practices are promoted through our monthly e-blasts to our members (~1200), social media accounts (Twitter, YouTube and Facebook), and our partnerships with national, provincial, and community organizations across Canada.

In 2019, the national ‘Speak Up’ Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada initiative has received $1.9 million over three years for a project to help people living in Canada prepare for their future health care needs.

The project involves a series of public education and awareness campaigns, support of community-based ACP programs, and promotion of ACP resources and guides. Some of the current initiative activities:

Advance Care Planning National Framework 2019

The SpeakUp initiative held upstream consultations, spring 2019, to update the National Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada Framework. It includes a plan for implementation  and broadening collaboration among different jurisdictions (local, provincial/territorial, national) and systems.


National Poll

ACP in Canada has commissioned a national poll in collaboration with Nanos (2019). The poll asked (n= 2,948) Canadian adults about their end of life care planning; what makes it easier to have a discussion? What makes it tough to make a plan? Results are available by jurisdiction. Download the national poll infographic.

New Resources

ACP in Canada is developing more resources in the following sectors to help Canadians prepare for their future health care. A legal toolkit was recently released for lawyers and a public facing toolkit for families and patients to learn about their rights.Upcoming 2020, a long term care toolkit and a community care toolkit.

Public Awareness

ACP in Canada runs an annual ACP Day campaign (April 16th) and is also developing additional campaigns to reach specific target groups and expand ACP outreach. Learn more about ACP anywhere campaign.

Community-based ACP Programs

ACP initiative provides support to several community based programs in Canada. These programs identify and highlight evidence based community programs that facilitate ACP; to support the spread of community engagement initiatives. Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about ACP activities.

The ‘Speak Up’ initiative website (
The Speak Up website is full of information, tools, and tips to help families and healthcare professionals with starting these conversations.

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