Our Purpose

Canuck Place is a caring, innovative children’s hospice and community-based service that fully embraces the life of each child and family. We provide leadership in improving pediatric palliative care regionally, nationally and internationally through collaboration, education and research.

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Our Vision

All newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions will benefit from our compassion, knowledge, and holistic clinical care in pediatric palliative care.

Our Mission

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides innovative, holistic clinical care with compassion through our hospices, in hospitals and communities in BC/Yukon.

We provide respite, family support, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement services to newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions.

Our Values

Canuck Place Children's Hospice values


Consults in home, in-hospital, via phone in 2016-17 by Canuck Place pediatric palliative care physicians and advanced practice nurses. Helping children and families all over the province where they need help the most.

Care Philosophy

We believe that our care must address the child and their family’s unique and changing needs throughout the progression of the illness and afterwards.

Family-centred care

When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, making the right decisions can be very difficult. The 24-hour care impacts mental and physical health, quality of life, and can influence financial pressures, relationship challenges, fatigue and distress levels for BC families. The care team recognizes the challenging transition patients and families must make as cure becomes less likely and the focus shifts to comfort and symptom management.

We look after the child with the illness and the entire family – including brothers and sisters who receive counselling support. The care team at Canuck Place designs a plan that includes the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each child. Your investment ensures we continue to provide the highest level of care to the children and families we serve for the duration of their time on our program.

Serving the province

Canuck Place is recognized as an expert pediatric palliative care provider in the Child Health BC Tiers of Service Framework. Canuck Place provides care to the most acutely ill children, at a time when cure is not an option. Canuck Place relies on specialist pediatric palliative care physicians, nurses, counsellors and therapists to provide care efficiently and cost-effectively. At any given time, up to 1400 children in BC are living with a life-threatening condition. More than 60% of the province’s children live in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Fraser Health Authority regions. Canuck Place is the pediatric palliative care consult team for BC Children’s Hospital (referral site for provincial pediatric care) and BC Women’s Hospital (neonatal and perinatal care).

Kids need different care

Pediatric palliative care is different than adult hospice care. Canuck Place looks after families for the span of the child’s remaining life – this could be hours from the time of diagnosis or through to the age of 19. Canuck Place programs are built around supporting life in aspects of play, social interaction, school, healthy development, pain management, and spending time with family and friends while providing advanced nursing and medical care for an unknown duration.

Acuity of care

Canuck Place uses high-intensity technology like ventilators and manages multiple infusion pumps through central venous lines and uses medications typically found in critical care areas. The complexity of care and the acuity is increasing, as is the demand for respite, and pain and symptom management, consultation to parents and caregivers and end of life care.

Helping families where they need it most

Outreach and consultation are active components of the Canuck Place program. Physicians, advanced practice nurses, counsellors and recreation therapists play critical roles in supporting families who are at home by providing assessment, symptom management, care planning, some home visits, video-conferencing and 24-hour/7-days-a-week/365 days-a-year clinical telephone support through Canuck Place toll-free line. In this way, families receive information and direction, which can avoid visits to hospital emergency rooms and potentially prolonged hospital stays. These preventative actions can result in resolution or stabilization of health care problems and prevention of acute care admissions.

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Canuck Place is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider, delivering care to newborns, children and teens facing life-threatening illnesses and their families across the province – offering care and hope in the most unimaginable circumstances.


We opened our doors in 1995 as the first free-standing children’s hospice in North America.

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Canuck Place offers physican and nursing care, as well as province-wide phone consultation support, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, for parents who need support in caring for their child or children. Our bed occupancy rate from 2016-17 was 2018.

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Medical advancements mean children with complex conditions and diseases are living longer, but cure is not an option. Canuck Place cares for some of the province’s most medically challenged pediatric patients. Since 2009, the complexity of care has increased by 50%. This means more nurses and physicians are on staff delivering a higher acuity of care for over 160 different conditions and diseases.

Advancing Complexity of Care at CP

Since 2005-06, Canuck Place has seen 250% growth in the number of children and families in our care from rural and urban areas across BC and Yukon

Increased Demand at CPCH

Canuck Place supports over 715 of BC’s children and families with respite and family support, pain and symptom management for complex medical needs, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling including music and play therapy, and end-of-life care.

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Since 2010, Canuck Place has increased its annual outpatient care by 211% – this includes consultations in-home and in-hospital.

Canuck Place outpatient increase

To better serve the children and families who need our specialized services, we are opening a second location – Canuck Place – Dave Lede House in Abbotsford, BC. Canuck Place Dave Lede House – Abbotsford is located on the Dave Lede Campus of Care, by Abbotsford Regional Hospital, and will double the current capacity to 18 patient beds and nine family suites to better meet the increasing demand for services. In 2014, community services begun operating out of the Fraser Valley location.

Canuck Place annual growing need

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