The Government of Alberta has announced that more than $11.3 million in funding will be going towards 35 projects to increase access to palliative care.  

“These grants will help provide more and better palliative care, ensuring Albertans diagnosed with a life-limiting illness are treated with compassion and respect. We’re delivering on a promise we made to Albertans in 2019 as part of our larger commitment to strengthen our publicly funded health system. We’re thankful for the health-care providers, researchers, educators, community organizations and volunteers that make compassionate care a truly ‘whole of society’ effort,” said Health Minister Jason Copping.  

The funding and projects break down as follows: 

  • More than $1.9 million to support four projects that advance earlier access to palliative and end-of-life care. 

  • Almost $4.2 million for eight projects to expand community supports and services. 

  • More than $4.1 million for 10 projects to improve health-care provider and caregiver education and training. 

  • Just over $1.1 million for three projects for research and innovation. 

“We're funding organizations like the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association, who will develop and implement a volunteer training program for rural hospice societies this is a way we can support care closest to home,” added Copping.