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  • February 12, 2018

Ontario Opening New Hospice in North York

More patients and families to receive compassionate palliative care closer to home



February 12, 2018



The Government of Ontario is partnering with local communities to establish a new hospice that will provide people and families in North York better access to compassionate hospice palliative care, closer to home.

Today, Minister David Zimmer (MPP for Willowdale) and Monte Kwinter (MPP for York Centre) announced that Neshama Hospice, a new 10-bed residential hospice and palliative care centre, will receive up to $2 million to help build a new facility in the Bathurst Street corridor of Toronto.

Once completed, Neshama Hospice will provide nursing, personal support, and other services to palliative patients and their families closer to home.

In addition to providing a 10-bed residential hospice, Neshama Hospice will offer exceptional, family-centered and community-based palliative services including palliative outreach, ambulatory (outpatient) care, bereavement counselling for families, and peri-bereavement care for partners.

Services will focus on relief of suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with a life-limiting health condition. Neshama Hospice will also support inter-professional training and development to enhance palliative care system capacity building aligned with the provincial Palliative and End of Life Strategy.

The Government of Ontario is building up to 20 new hospices and expanding palliative care services to support 2,000 people and families per year with specialized health care services.

Expanding access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.



“I am delighted to announce more funding for hospices across Ontario. In 2016, we committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care so that all Ontarians can receive high-quality and compassionate care closer to home. Helping hospices to open new beds will mean that even more people can benefit from their supports.”

— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“This is great news for our community members in Willowdale. The Neshama Hospice will help enhance compassionate care for terminally ill patients and their families closer to home. Opening new hospice beds is part of our government’s plan to improve end-of-life care across the province.”

— David Zimmer, MPP, Willowdale


“I am pleased to hear that York Centre is one of the locations being considered for the future home of Neshama Hospice.  With our aging population increasing, it’s important that Ontarians have hospices to consider as an option for their end-of-life care needs.”

— Monte Kwinter, MPP, York Centre


 “Providing sensitive, high quality end-of-life care is an important priority in the Central LHIN. The addition of Neshama Hospice alongside other hospice and palliative care resources will significantly benefit patients and families achieve comfort, dignity and security in a home-like environment during a very difficult time.”

— Kim Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Central LHIN


“We are extremely grateful to the government of Ontario for their commitment to and belief in Neshama Hospice, the first residential hospice in Ontario built on Jewish values. As Toronto’s population rapidly ages, the need for compassionate, respectful end-of-life care is more urgent than ever. Based on an average length of stay of 18 days, Neshama Hospice will have the capacity to address the needs of approximately 200 end-of-life patients annually, making a qualitative difference across the province. Our goal is to become the national leader in patient and family-centred hospice care and this announcement is the first step in making this dream a reality.”

— Dr. Sandy Buchman, Medical Lead, Neshama Hospice




  • Ontario will provide up to $2 million to help fund the costs of building the Neshama Hospice.
  • Once constructed, Neshama Hospice will also receive provincial funding for operating costs, approximately $105,000 annually per adult bed.
  • The government is delivering on its 2016-17 commitment to supporting up to 20 new hospices across Ontario within three years by contributing to the construction and renovation costs for hospices.
  • In 2016, the province announced an additional $75 million for hospice and palliative care over the following three years. This additional spending will be on top of the $80 million already invested in hospice and palliative care, bringing the total to $155 million.
  • As of February 2018, the province is investing about $42 million per year to support 400 beds at 74 hospice sites across Ontario.




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