Compassion lives here


We provide superior palliative care within the community


We guide the journey, but never lead it...our patients do that


We focus on life


We recognize and respect the individuality of each person


With its two facilities (Pavillon André-Brunet and Pavillon Stillview), the West Island Palliative Care Residence provides compassionate care allowing terminally ill patients to die in comfort and with dignity in a warm, home-like environment, close to their family, and in their community. We want our patients to live the final chapter of their lives in the best and most fulfilling manner possible. The Residence’s team of physicians, nurses, counselors, supportive care workers and volunteers work together to address the physical symptoms as well as the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.

Our Mission

To provide active and compassionate care in order to comfort and support terminally ill patients and their loved ones and to continue as a leader in palliative care within Quebec and Canada.

Our Vision

As a leader,

  • To be at the forefront of providing superior palliative care within the community health care network;
  • To promote and support a range of services to patients requiring palliative care, at home, in hospital, and at the West Island Palliative Care Residence;
  • To serve as a role model and resource for other communities wishing to organize freestanding palliative care residences;
  • To promote and provide education to health professionals and volunteers to enhance competence in delivery of palliative care services;
  • To promote and provide education in the community, to increase awareness and to provide understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and their families;
  • To continuously improve palliative care through research and knowledge transfer;
  • To ensure that grief support is available and to promote it in the community.

News and Upcoming Events

19th Annual Valentine’s Ball

More than 500 guests raise an impressive $545,000 net at the 19th Annual Valentine’s Ball

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Course pour la compassion

A walk/run for family and friends to raise funds for the

West Island Palliative Care Residence.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Valois Park, Pointe-Claire

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Canadian Compassionate Company designation

We are very pleased to announce that the West Island Palliative Care Residence has received the Canadian Compassionate Company designation from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).

The CHPCA grants this designation to companies who recognize that employees may occasionally require more time off from work than is accommodated by their regular leave policies in order to provide care or support to specified family members who are gravely ill and terminally ill with a significant certainty of death.

The Residence’s Compassionate Leave policy provides for salary top-ups, continuation of group insurance benefits, and continuation of vacation accrual during the leave period. The CHPCA also considered Residence’s Employee and Family Assistance Program when evaluating our application.

Jean Cameron Palliative Care Fund

Jean Cameron Image_webJean Cameron was a social worker and bereavement counselor in palliative care at the Royal Victoria Hospital alongside Dr. Balfour Mount. She was a dedicated and compassionate listener and was particularly sensitive to small things that could bring personal comfort to those at the end of life.

She established The Jean Cameron Palliative Care Foundation to formalize and continue her work to help provide what was important for a given patient but not available through the hospital, health or social services.

In 2016, the Foundation made an exemplary donation to create The Jean Cameron Palliative Care Fund at the Residence to relieve suffering, provide comfort and unite families and make sure that our patients’ final home is as comfortable as possible. Our goal is to carry on the Fund for years to come and perpetuate Jean’s legacy.

To commemorate her dedication to patients and families, the Residence has declared June 6th to be Jean Cameron Day.

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About Us

The West Island Palliative Care Residence provides services free of charge to patients and their families. The Residence receives one-third of its operational budget from the Quebec government and relies on community support and fundraising activities to raise the balance of more than 3.5 million dollars.

We are an independent, community-based, non-profit organization, accredited by the Quebec government and offers services to residents of the West Island of Montreal. With its 23 beds, the Residence is the largest freestanding palliative care facility in Canada and is recognized as a leader in its field.

Key Facts About the Residence

    • Since it opened in 2002, over 3,800 patients have spent their final days at the Residence and we have helped more than 15,000 family members;
    • The youngest patient was 18, the oldest 102;
    • Our patients have been in the final stages of ALS, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer as well as many other diseases;
    • The Residence is not a long-term care facility and therefore must screen patients in order to admit those best suited for the care we provide;
    • The West Island Palliative Care Residence is fully accredited by the Quebec government and receives from the Province one third of its annual operating budget. The Foundation of the Residence is responsible for raising the balance of more than $3.5 million each year.

Young Ambassadors Initiative

We are the Young Ambassadors of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Our committee consists of young adults who dedicate themselves to educating and raising awareness on the importance of palliative care among their peers. We attain these objectives by organizing events and raising funds in support of the Residence. Whether we’ve directly witnessed the benefits of palliative care through the passing of a loved one or simply recognize that everyone has the right to live their final days with dignity, we all share the common goal of wanting to take part in the future of palliative care. We are ready to explore a new set of challenges with the aim of sparking initiative among youth and placing ourselves at the forefront of palliative care. If you are interested in joining our initiative and becoming a young leader in palliative care, please contact Julia at

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Here is an excerpt from Shannon’s blog writing about her dad’s passing at the West Island Palliative Care Residence. “ ‘I am both the happiest, and saddest I’ve ever been, at the same time… Do you know what I mean?’ he’d ask me just days before he died. A tear rolled down my cheek, a gentle smile on my face, I nodded. I did understand. There was such light, and love in his dying process.” Read the full article here.


“The way I look at it is this: there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that my condition is terminal. The good news is that I’m in a Palliative Care Residence that allows me to confront death with dignity, something I could have never done without their support.”


“Privileged to have lived these last moments among you, with the beautiful and great family of the Residence, your warmth, your compassion, your soothing words and gestures enabled us to face this great voyage. I miss Léo; my heart feels empty, but your devotion and the quality of your care made all the difference. We are never ready to see a loved one go, but you knew how to accompany us in dignity. I am very grateful.”


“We feel blessed that our mom and our family shared our final moments in such a serene, dignified setting and most importantly, free from the excruciating pain she had suffered days prior to her admission at the Residence. Thanks to the West Island Palliative Care Residence, she died peacefully, free of pain and in dignity.”


“Everyone at the Residence provided us with kindness, sympathy and understanding. The staff always anticipated Elizabeth’s needs and discomforts and were there to provide excellent medical, professional and emotional support. They also understood the pressures and anxieties of the visiting loved ones and offered an empathetic ear and a kind thought. It was a very difficult time but you made it as comfortable as possible….we will remain forever grateful.”

Richard, Elizabeth’s brother

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