Formally launched in October 2021, the Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework (the Competency Framework) reflects years of collaboration among palliative care experts, governments, Canadians with lived experience and stakeholder organizations. This collaboration—in addition to the history behind the Competency Framework’s development—is an essential part of its value.
The Competency Framework’s roots began in 2017 when the Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-277. This legislation called for better access to palliative and end-of-life care in community and home settings. It also called on the federal government to work with the provinces and territories, as well as palliative care experts, to develop a structure that guides and supports the implementation of high-quality palliative care.
In response to the legislation, and after extensive consultation with the provinces and territories, experts and stakeholders, Health Canada developed the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada (2018) and the Action Plan on Palliative Care (2019). The Action Plan called for the development of a pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary palliative care framework that documents essential skills, knowledge and abilities for health care providers. In response to this call to action, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) worked closely with Health Canada and countless stakeholders—including the Canadian Home Care Association—to develop the Competency Framework.