Libby’s bill to expand and enhance home, long-term, and palliative care

House of Commons


October 31, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-545, An Act respecting the provision of continuing care to Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to stand in the House today to introduce my bill, an act respecting the provision of continuing care to Canadians. First of all, I would like to thank my colleague, the member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay, for seconding the bill and also for introducing his excellent motion on palliative care. Palliative care and continuing care are critical issues to Canadians. There is a strong national consensus from academics, health professionals and the public that we are sadly lacking in the pan-Canadian plan for continuing care, including home care, long-term care, respite care and palliative care.

That is what the bill is about. It would establish pan-Canadian standards for best practices in continuing care, caregiver support, training, infrastructure and affordability. It would ensure that the federal government plays a key role in the collaborative process with the provinces and the territories to meet the needs of Canadians who need home care, long-term care, or palliative care in a timely and accessible way.

I am very proud of the work that went into this comprehensive bill. It lays out a clear, achievable and equitable direction to establish a critical program for continuing care and ensures funding for continuing care services in Canada.

Read the full text of the bill here: