The Act Respecting End-of-Life Care was passed on June 5, 2014 and assented to on June 10, 2014. The provisions of the Act that are set out on this page came into force on December 10, 2015.
The information on this page does not replace that of the official legislation.
The Act Respecting End-of-Life Care provides a framework for palliative care in order to ensure that everyone can have access to quality care that is appropriate for their needs throughout the course of their illness.
Palliative care means all the treatment and care given to patients suffering from a terminal illness. Without delaying or hastening death, palliative care aims at giving patients and those close to them the best possible quality of life and providing them with the support they need. Palliative care is organized and provided through the collaborative efforts of a care team to which patients and those close to them contribute.
The palliative care can also be provided earlier in the course of the person’s illness, as a complement to curative treatment (treatment aimed at healing).
The palliative approach is founded on fundamental values that must be the basis for all palliative care provided in Québec:
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