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

Advance Care Planning in Canada held upstream consultations in the Spring of 2019. The resulting data was complied and an updated National Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada Framework was released in the Fall of 2019. The Framework contains a plan for implementation and broadening collaboration among different jurisdictions (local, provincial/territorial, national) and systems.

Making ACP More Accessible

The Making Advance Care Planning (ACP) more Accessible for Canadians with Disabilities project aims to increase the accessibility of ACP information and resources so that everyone in Canada can actively participate in planning for their future health and personal care. These resources will be developed and adapted in collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders and advocates in the disability community, and those facilitating advance care planning across Canada.

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.

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 (Facebook, Instagram, X and LinkedIn), website ( and the ACP Newsletter.

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.