Santé Québec: No Changes to Philanthropy

The reorganization of Quebec’s healthcare network, as proposed by Bill 15, has been discussed at length in the media over the past few months.

A working group of healthcare foundations collaborated to ensure that the status quo in philanthropy, within the healthcare network, is maintained and preserved.

Therefore, this message was shared with all donors in the Quebec healthcare network.

As you are aware, last Saturday, the Quebec government adopted Bill 15 which will lead to the creation of Santé Québec. The establishment of this new entity instigated several reactions and it is clear that it will lead to many changes within the network. Much has been said about the Bill’s impact on hospital foundations, their governance and, more broadly, healthcare philanthropy. We would like, via this message, to provide you with accurate information on this subject.

Since the Bill was tabled last March, a working group comprised of several representatives from healthcare foundations was created. Numerous meetings were held between this working group and government representatives which resulted in changes being made to the sections of the proposed law which, according to our analysis, could have had an impact on philanthropy in the healthcare network. It was a colossal task, but one that was necessary so that we could continue to carry out our work and support patient care, teaching, research and innovation in our institutions, with the same independence, the same scope and, above all, the same impact for the entire Quebec population.

Thus, the status quo in philanthropy, as announced by Minister Christian Dubé, has been maintained. Meaning that essentially:

At a time when healthcare needs are growing, and your generosity has never been so important, we can confidently confirm that the new legislation fully protects the autonomy of foundations and our donors.

Thanks to our colleagues from the following Foundations for leading this work:

Jewish General Hospital Foundation
CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
McGill University Health Centre Foundation
Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) Foundation
Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation

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