About Us

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

Canuck Place family and child in the garden outside the hospice

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. The illness and death of a child is a life-altering experience for the families who love them.

At Canuck Place we believe the end of life should be lived as fully as the beginning. Your contribution can change lives.


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. We have expanded our services to reach more families in all corners of the province through outreach care and through our two locations; Vancouver and Abbotsford. 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.

Over 715 children on program at Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Children and families on Canuck Place Children's Hospice program by BC health region

Serving the Patients and Families

Recreation therapy Summer in the City, Teen Camp and Family Camp programs provide opportunities for children with life-threatening illnesses, their siblings and parents to participate as a family in adventure activities such as waterparks, zip-lining, visits to farms and bug zoos (to name a few). Summer in the City takes place across BC in the Okanagan, Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, North Vancouver and Chilliwack. Teen Camp and Fall Family Camp take place in Squamish.

Here are some examples of the care Canuck Place could provide with donor support.

Canuck Place Children's Hospice music therapy and recreation therapy statistics

Meeting Families Where They Need Us

Since 2010, Canuck Place’s mobile clinical consultation team has increased annual outpatient care by 211% – this includes in-home, in-hospital, phone and video consults from our nursing and physician team for families in remote and urban areas.


Canuck Place Children's Hospice outpatient statistics


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