Two fundamental vocations

Palliative care home


12 palliative care beds

Care 24/7

Nursing care, comfort, reassurance, and respite services, hygiene services, assistance with eating

Team of professionals

Doctors, nurses and assistants, pharmacists, patient care attendants, social workers, psychologists

Customized care based on individual needs

Great respect for patients’ privacy, autonomy, and beliefs

Possibility of involving loved ones in care

Support services for loved ones and caregivers

Typical room model

Day centre


An approach that has already proven its worth elsewhere in Quebec

Capacity for twenty terminally ill patients at a time, who are living at home

5,000 visits per year

A warm gathering place where patients can relax, confide in others, and find comfort

While providing a beneficial break for loved ones and caregivers during this 
difficult period

Complete range of care and services

Medical: professional consultations, nursing, physiotherapy, etc.

Psychosocial: individual and group sessions, art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy

Training, conferences, thematic discussions

Recreational: drawing and painting workshops, light exercise, yoga, relaxation,
board games, etc.

bleu  Rooms

green Common spaces

purple  Consultation

orange  Administration

Financial model

Even though labour costs will be significantly reduced by the important contributions of a team of volunteers, the construction and operation of St. Raphael’s for the first two years require a contribution of $10 million to be funded by the community.


Land purchase (transferred from the Archidiocese of Montreal) -$
Construction – turnkey project $4,000,000
Professional fees (engineering, architecture, design, and environment) $500,000
Start-up and marketing expenses $450,000
Construction management costs $100,000
Furniture, equipment, and supplies $545,000
Financial and legal fees $65,000
Contingencies and net taxes $790,000



Year 1

St. Raphael’s $1.775M
Government $0.816M

Year 2

St. Raphael’s $1.775M
Government $0.816M


We are here


Official opening.

2018 Construction.
2017 Groundbreaking ceremony.
2016 Contribution to annual operating costs confirmed by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
2015 Beginning of the major fundraising campaign.
 Awareness raising events.
Bonds established with the community, hospitals and organizations offering palliative care, as well as the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal.
2012 Feasibility study conducted with potential large donors, yielding favourable results.
2011 Site rezoned by the Borough of CDN-NDG with a focus on sustainable development and harmonious integration.
2010 Construction and operating cost studies completed.
2010 Architectural plans drawn up.
2009 Recognized as a charitable organization by the Canada Revenue Agency.
2009 Agreement with the Archdiocese of Montreal for site development.

Why a palliative care home and day centre?

In Montreal, there are an estimated 14 facilities offering palliative care, with a total of 190 beds. Governments and other agencies are making efforts to increase the number of beds, but in spite of this the supply remains inadequate to provide for existing waiting lists and estimated needs over the next five to ten years.

With our aging population, the number of people suffering from an incurable illness is constantly increasing.

Medical advances have allowed us to eradicate some illnesses, and even extend life expectancy. Nevertheless, incurable illnesses still strike and bring with them the realization that, beyond medical care, terminally ill patients need a warm environment where they can pass away with dignity, surrounded by their loved ones and
caregivers. It is with this in mind that medical services are today being committed to easing the end-of-life transition through palliative care.

The palliative care approach is based on accepting death as a natural part of life. Instead of focusing on finding a cure at all costs or resigning oneself to suffering, palliative care aims to relieve physical and psychological pain and to enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients.

What’s more, as soon as a palliative approach is initiated, the wishes and desires of the dying person are taken into account, as are the needs and roles of the family, friends and caregivers who accompany the terminally ill person.

The goal is to offer an end of life imbued with compassion, respect and humanity.