The Institute’s mission

Today, 70 % of Canadians do not have access to comprehensive, quality palliative care. The mission of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is to extend the benefits of best-in-class palliative care to as many patients and families as possible through education, knowledge exchange and research.

Our ultimate goal is to increase access to palliative care for all Canadians and to continuously improve the quality of the care provided.

Our priorities are centered on:

  • educational programs for students, healthcare professionals and the general public
  • knowledge exchange with organizations and communities
  • research to continuously improve palliative care access and quality

We aim to create an integrated model that combines the clinical practice and expertise of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and our many collaborators with programs provided by the Institute. We believe this model will contribute to palliative care across multiple communities and care settings, with associated societal benefits.

Care and compassion

Care remains our priority and compassion will be an underlying denominator for palliative care provision.


Consultation will allow us to ensure we are working on the right projects that will have the most impact to improve palliative care capacity, building on what is already in place. In addition, we have established an Advisory Committee comprised of experts from across the country to guide us along the way.


Collaboration is essential. There is a strong palliative care community ready to work with us, and we will   build within that existing framework. We are proud to be collaborating with the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal, McGill University and Université de Montréal, as well as St. Christopher’s, a 50-year veteran of palliative care in the United Kingdom, to mention just a few.