The Institute is dedicated to improving the science of palliative care through actionable research initiatives based on an interprofessional approach. Most importantly, the projects we lead or participate in must benefit patients and families and palliative care practice in general.


Join our caring community

The Residence is always looking for people with a heart of gold and a smile that can light up a room! We rely on more than 300 carefully chosen and trained volunteers who provide 29,000+ hours of palliative care per year.

Our incredible volunteers assist with every non-medical aspect of care, from greeting families and delivering meals, to spending time with patients and supporting grieving families.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Debbie Elvidge, Volunteer Program Manager, or 514 693-1718 ext. 264.

Collaborative research projects

Each year, the Institute’s Research Committee selects at least one active internal research project or one collaborative research project with the goal of improving patient and family care.


Our first pan-Canadian research project was a collaborative study on cancer pain with 100 patients. We are named in the resulting research publication in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol 26, #3. 


Other projects include:


Compassionate Communities

Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque, the Institute launched its first research project, Compassionate Communities Research Demonstration Project, in 2018.


Collaborating with several municipalities in Montreal, this project is built on community-based programs that provide supportive environments and linkages for citizens of all ages dealing with serious diseases or in the later stages of their lives. The impact on quality of life of these community-driven activities was measured, and the findings were and will be shared so that more communities can benefit.


The project research has been led by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Patient and Public Partnerships at the Université de Montréal. Dr Boivin’s team was selected based on the expert guidance of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. The diversity and experience of the team is exceptional, with researchers from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Bradford (United Kingdom), and other organizations.


In addition, the Institute has been funding community development in the West Island and the center south region in Montreal as we develop and share experiences in two distinctly different areas from a demographic perspective.


In 2023, we published our first publication: “How does community engagement evolve in different compassionate community contexts?” in palliative care and social services.

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