Hospice of Waterloo Region Expanding Service 

Hospice of Waterloo Region has begun planning for a future expansion of services with the purchase of five acres of land in North Waterloo. 

For 23 years, as a community outreach hospice, Hospice of Waterloo Region has been committed to providing programs and volunteer services to individuals in the community living with a life-threatening illness and to their caregivers and family members. With this purchase of land in Waterloo, those services will expand to include residential hospice support. 

Planning is underway for the creation of a Palliative Care Centre that will include spaces for a medical clinic, client programming, volunteer services, education classrooms and administrative offices. There is also planning for a new 10-bed residential hospice to be included in the Centre. This future state of the art facility will be located on University Avenue across from RIM Park and is expected to open within the next two years. 

Statistics show that Waterloo Region will grow by 43% to over 700,000 residents by 2030 and with an increasing aging population the need for hospice palliative care services and more hospice residential beds is significant. There are currently only 16 residential hospice beds in Waterloo Region, located in Cambridge and south Kitchener. A recent study by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, demonstrates that our community will need 40 residential hospice beds by 2030. 

With this new facility, Hospice of Waterloo Region will become a hub for the delivery of integrated hospice palliative care services in the region, providing services throughout the region and at the new Centre, that support individuals and families through serious illness and grief along with education for the healthcare professionals who provide this important care. 

Operational funding is provided, in part, by the Ministry of Health through the Waterloo Wellington Local Integration Health Network. Hospice of Waterloo Region will continue to rely on direct support from the community for regular annual operating and capital costs. 

To learn more, please contact: 

Judy Nairn
Executive Director
Hospice of Waterloo Region