About Us

A place of comfort and compassion where children can experience the simple joy of being a child, and families can cherish each moment together.

At Canuck Place we believe that every life is precious and should be lived to its fullest.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice first opened its doors in November 1995, to become North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice. We responded to the need for a hospice created specifically for children. Today we have two provincial locations in Vancouver and Abbotsford to deliver Canuck Place care which includes medical respite, pain and symptom management, art, music, and recreation therapy, end-of-life care, and grief, loss, and bereavement counselling.

Recognized internationally as leaders in the field of pediatric palliative care, the need for our services has grown exponentially over the years. At any given time, approximately 1,400 children in British Columbia are living with a life-threatening condition. The demand is greater than ever and our team is rising to the challenge.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and our extended team of corporate, community and government partners, we are able to make a difference in the lives of more children and families in need throughout BC.

Meeting families where and when they need us the most

Canuck Place’s Enhanced Community Program brings responsive specialized care to families around BC where and when they need it.

Through this program, the Canuck Place clinical team provides assessment, care planning, pain and symptom management, follow-up support, and end-of-life care. With in-hospital and in-home visits, telephone and video conferencing, and our 24-hour nursing line, families have access to care no matter where they reside.

All care is provided to families at no cost.

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