Dying with dignity: Bringing an essential service to Toronto’s marginalized homeless and vulnerably housed

  • Christopher Cipkar Christopher Cipkar, BMSc MD Candidate 2016 Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program University of British Columbia Email: ccipkar@alumni.ubc.ca Phone: 778-846-3380
  • Naheed Dosani Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Family Medicine – Division of Palliative Care: McMaster University


Homeless persons and the vulnerably housed live significantly shorter lives and experience higher rates of chronic disease, mental illness and polysubstance abuse. Despite the high mortality and morbidity, this vulnerable and marginalized population continues to have difficulty accessing essential services such as palliation and end-of-life care. More needs to be accomplished in this area, as dying with dignity is a right that all Canadians should share.