Hospice Capital Planning

 Background:

The Palliative and End of Life Strategy began in 2005, which provided public operating funding to Hospice organizations.

  • Approved providers organizations were provided with Ministry funding for up to 60% of their annual operating costs.
  • Some provider organizations were provided with some capital funding.
  • The remainder of operational costs as well as capital costs to fund the establishment of space to provide programs and services was to be managed through fund-raising/community contributions.

 In 2016/17 the ministry moved forward with its commitment to fund up to 20 new hospices across the province over the next 3 years.

  • In addition, the ministry announced increase funding for existing hospice beds by $15,000 (to a total of $105,000) per adult bed and $22,400 (to a total of $156,400) per pediatric bed.
  • The Hospice Capital Program (HCP) was developed in 2017 to help provide financial assistance in the development of physical space associated with hospice beds funded by the Government of Ontario’s Palliative and End of Life Strategy.

The Hospice Capital Program is aligned with the principles of the Palliative and End of Life Strategy, Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, and represents a partnership between the government and community in the provision of capital funding for hospice care.

The decision was made to develop a separate program from Community Health Capital Program (CHCP) as hospices would not be eligible for 100% cost share of capital projects.

The HCP will not fund the full cost of the total hospice capital project, but will provide a contribution of up to $200K per bed for eligible costs.

 

Resources:

Hospice Capital Program Policy

Design Standards

Cost Share Guide

Hospice Toolkit

Final Estimation