A key component to the development of the Action Plan were stimulated discussions and dialogue between diverse stakeholders. Each invitational policy consultation included 40–60 participants representing a wide range of health care stakeholders. The participants explored ideas and best practices to advance three specific home care priorities:

  • Home is one of the best places to manage long-term conditions
  • Home is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury
  • Home is one of the best places to live out final days

The facilitated discussions addressed the following questions:

  • What actions can the federal government take to advance the key considerations for each home care priority area?
  • When should these actions happen? Year 1 (2016) – Year 2 (2017) – Year 3 (2018)
  • How can the provincial/territorial governments align and support these actions?
  • What would success look like for the federal government?
  • Which actions should be given high priority?

National health care collaborative releases
Better Home Care: A National Action Plan

(October 27, 2016, Vancouver, BC)

Three national health care organizations today released a comprehensive set of actions to enhance home care in Canada. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) launched Better Home Care: A National Action Plan.

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan reflects the needs of patients and their carers and reinforces the philosophy that home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is the best place to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions, and live out ones’ final days.

Recognizing the federal government’s $3 billion commitment to home care, the Better Home Care: A National Action Plan proposes the following immediate actions:

  • Accelerate the identification and adoption of integrated, community-based practices that address the needs of individuals with chronic complex needs, including end-of-life care.
  • Deliver a statement by the prime minister, recognizing the diversity, role, and value of carers on National Carer Day (Tuesday April 4, 2017).  
  • Launch a public awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to talk about and document their wishes for end-of-life care with their health care providers and significant others.



MAY 5, 2016

The Honourable Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister of Seniors for Nova Scotia, welcomed over 45 provincial government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses and community home care providers from across Canada. Minister Glavine reinforced the need for improvement and coordination of home care services for those who prefer to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Participants shared best practices and frontline experience to identify a number of well-defined actions, clear direction and achievable goals to support more and better home care. The rich dialogue will form the basis of our next consultation planned for Ottawa, Ontario on June 8, 2016.


JUNE 8, 2016

Participants at the June 8 consultation built on the themes identified in Halifax on May 5 and identified actions for the federal government, provincial/territorial governments and health care providers. Participants developed outcomes statements and milestones to track progress toward these actions.


JULY 20, 2016

In response to the unique challenges in delivering home care in remote geographies, an invitational consultation with stakeholders from Yukon explored new and emerging delivery approaches and promising practices for the identified home care priorities.


July 26, 2016

To capture promising practices and expertise from western province stakeholders, a consultation was held in Calgary, Alberta to gain the input from policy planners, administrators, front line providers, doctors and nurses on the three home care priorities.


Working together to realize a shared goal—to integrate health, support and care seamlessly through the Canadian Health Care continuum.


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