Faith & Moral Issues

Health Care

For generations, Catholic dioceses and religious orders in Canada have been major contributors to the development and delivery of healthcare services across the country. The first hospital (Hôtel-Dieu) in Canada was established in 1639 by three Religious Sisters of the Augustines de la Miséricorde de Jésus to care for Indigenous populations living near the French colony in present-day Québec City. This hospital, which also happens to be the first hospital in North America, is still in operation. In addition, there are today 105 Catholic healthcare facilities across Canada, either self- or parent-governed by 43 Catholic organizations, which accounts for 13,738 healthcare beds in Canada. These facilities are supported by 19 dioceses and 14 Catholic sponsors. They span 6 provinces and 27 health regions/authorities.

Catholic Health Care: The Misson

Pastoral Care of the Sick, Frail, and Dying

Palliative Care

Responses to Ethical Issues

Professional Guidelines and Resources

Pontifical Academy for Life


COVID-19 Vaccine: Moral Questions and Principles