Two New Beds for Etobicoke’s Famed Dorothy Ley Hospice

ETOBICOKE – The fabled Dorothy Ley Hospice will receive funding to create two new beds as part of the Ontario Government’s recently-announced Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery strategy, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth announced today.

“Think of these not simply as two new beds for this wonderful facility, but rather in terms of uncountable individuals and families supported through the challenges of a life-limiting illness – for years to come,” Hogarth said.

The facility commemorates Dr. Dorothy Ley, who pioneered hospice care in Ontario and helped establish the Canadian Palliative Care Foundation. During her career she became an internationally respected oncologist, before herself succumbing to cancer in 1994.

“These two new residential hospice care beds will allow us to serve more people with compassionate end-of-life care, while at the same time helping us free up hospital beds for those in need,” said Dorothy Ley Hospice Executive Director Dipti Purbhoo. “We are grateful for the government’s investment in hospice palliative care in our community.”

The Government of Ontario’s Health System Sustainability and Recovery plan aims to support patient flow from hospitals to more appropriate care settings, enabling health system stability and recovery – especially following disruptions owing to Covid-19.

“To support this goal, the Ministry of Health plans to provide Home and Community Care Support Services and Ontario Health with one-time funding of up to $1 million to support residential and hospice bed expansion,” Hogarth added.

“Today’s good news for the Dorothy Ley Hospice is part of that plan.”


  • Nabeel Ranmall- Executive Assistant
  • Office of MPP Christine Hogarth