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October 18-21, 2022


After a four-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the McGill International Congress on Palliative Care will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, from October 18 to 21, 2022.

This major gathering of healthcare professionals and palliative care specialists from around the world has been hosted in Montréal every second year since 1976. Since the inaugural meeting attended by Cicely Saunders, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and Balfour Mount, we are extremely proud of this tradition that has contributed to enhancing care for those confronted with terminal illness, and to the growth of this clinical field.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country and around the world, representing all disciplines – nurses, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, music therapists, chaplains/spiritual care counselors, administrators, volunteers...

The McGill International Congress offers a unique conference experience: galvanizing plenary speakers; in-depth experiential workshops; seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions. All sessions are structured to allow ample time for dialogue, questions and thoughtful interaction.


As always, the Congress will offer a welcoming, inclusive environment where the clinical sciences are intertwined with the humanities, the arts, and compassion


Join this community of extraordinary individuals who are deeply committed to their work with the seriously ill and bereaved, and to the goals of relieving pain and suffering, enhancing quality of life and supporting healing and comfort through the course of serious illness and the end of life.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous and unrestricted educational grants. 


Le fonds de développement en tourisme d'affaires (FDTQ)
Ministère de la Santé et les Services sociaux (MSSS)
Gouvernement du Québec
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Pallium Canada


Arbor Memorial Inc
The Flanders Foundation


Cole Foundation - Fondation Cole


Hay Foundation - Fondation Hay
Bayshore Health Care
Canadian Cancer Society - Société canadienne du cancer
Hope & Cope


Umano Medical
Community Service Benefits Trust (CSBT)

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous and unrestricted educational grants. 

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association // Association canadienne de soins palliatifs
Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians // Société canadienne des médecins de soins palliatifs 
The Council on Palliative Care // Le Conseil des soins palliatifs 

Territorial Acknowledgement and Welcome

Montréal sits on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (People of the Flint), also known as the Mohawk. The island called “Montreal” (Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka) has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.

A connection to the land is inextricably linked to Indigenous identity. For many Indigenous peoples in Canada, and increasingly in broader Canadian society, traditional territory acknowledgements are an important cultural protocol practiced at important events as a way to acknowledge and honour Indigenous peoples’ connections to their ancestral lands.

The Congress Opening Plenary will begin with a territorial acknowledgement. This acknowledgement aims to show recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples – of their presence both in the past and the present. It is a part of establishing healthy relations with Indigenous communities, a key to reconciliation, a process to which the Congress is committed.