October 13th, 2022

October 13th marks the third annual National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day in Canada. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of pediatric hospice palliative care and improve the quality of living and dying for infants, children and youth with life-threatening conditions and their families.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), and the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice are proud to mark October 13th as the 3rd annual National Hospice Palliative Care Day for Children in Canada.

Many of us associate hospice palliative care with seniors and adults, but children with life-threatening illnesses need that comfort as well. Pediatric hospice palliative care is an active, holistic approach to care which focuses on relieving the physical, social, psychological and spiritual suffering experienced by children and families who face a progressive, life-threatening condition, and helping them fulfill their physical, psychological, social and spiritual goals.


On October 13th, 2022 at 2pm EDT, CHPCA and CNPCC are offering a FREE webinar, sponsored by Children’s Healthcare Canada, that will shine a light on the lived experiences of three families whose children received hospice palliative care. This panel of families will share the impacts that palliative care had on their child’s life and on their family, the care and supportive resources they accessed thanks to palliative care, and how the care they received empowered their children and families to Make Every Day Count.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Canuck Place is BC and Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Their team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, therapists, staff, and volunteers provide medical respite care, pain and symptom management, art, music, and recreation therapy, end-of-life care, grief, loss, and bereavement counselling. All at no cost.

They provide love, care, and guidance when and where families need it the most. All with a caring community of donors who make it all possible.

Canuck Place Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to families who need Canuck Place programs?

No, there is no cost to the family for Canuck Place programs or services.

Canuck Place relies upon the generous support of individual donors and corporate sponsors, in partnership with the Province of BC and the Vancouver Canucks organization to offer our programs at no cost.

How does the referral process work?

Children accepted to Canuck Place are between the ages of 0-19 years of age. The important factor in acceptance to our program is the presence of a progressive, life-threatening illness.

The Canuck Place clinical team looks at a number of factors before coming to their decision. Find more information here.

For urgent referrals, please contact Canuck Place directly at 604.731.4847 or toll-free within BC at 1.877.882.2288. Urgent referrals can be called in 24/7.

What do the hospices look like inside?

The Glen Brae House in Vancouver is a beautiful heritage building. Take a virtual tour of Glen Brae Manor here.

The Dave Lede House in Abbotsford is a new, custom-built facility. Take a virtual tour here.

How many patients can Canuck Place accommodate?

Our Vancouver location can accommodate up to nine children and four families at any given time.

Our second location, Dave Lede House in Abbotsford opened for 24/7 care in 2019. Canuck Place- Dave Lede House can accommodate up to 4 patient beds and five family suites.

Downloadable Resources

Sourced: CHPCA Toolkit 2022

To download the campaign kit in English and French click here

Get Involved!

Social media users are invited to engage with BCHPCA’s Facebook and Twitter and to use the hashtag #HPCForChildren to draw the attention to the importance of quality hospice palliative care for all ages, including children and their families.

BC Hospice Palliative Care Societies are here to help.

Hospice societies provide services in grief, compassionate listening, bereavement, end of life, caregivers support, volunteers and frontline workers support and much more in the communities they serve. Please contact your community hospice for additional services and self-care supports.