Introduction: For cancer patients undergoing active treatment, emergency department (ED) visits may be an indicator of a breakdown in continuity and quality of care. Palliative care (PC) may be an important resource for patients in need of symptom management even during treatment with curative intent. This study aims to describe ED utilization by cancer patients and determine if PC consults impact ED use. Methods: Patient data from the Tom Baker Cancer Center (TBCC) was linked to PC and ED data as a retrospective cohort study. ED data was obtained from two administrative databases and PC data was obtained from four administrative databases and restricted to the first four hundred days following diagnosis. Univariate and Multivariate analyses were used. Results: Three actively treated cancer patient cohorts were identified based on first presentation following intake at the TBCC: 1) Used ED first (n=1637), 2) Used PC first (n=539), and 3) Only used services at the TBCC (n=2153). Using Multivariate analysis, patients living alone or who had a diagnosis of prostate or breast cancer were more likely to access the ED first or to only use services at the TBCC rather than access PC first. Patients who were divorced, on income support, or diagnosed with a lung or GI cancer, were more likely to access PC first rather than access the ED or only use services at the TBCC. A subgroup analysis was performed on those who accessed the ED at some point during their care, consisting of three groups: 1) ED Only Users (n=1091), 2) ED First Users, who also accessed PC (n=546), and 3) PC First Users, who also accessed the ED. There was a significant difference in rates of ED visits between the three groups: ED Only Users went to the ED at a rate of 3.8 per 1000 patient days; ED First Users, who also accessed PC, went to the ED at a rate of 7.7 per 1000 patient days; and PC First Users, who also accessed the ED, went to the ED at a rate of 9.2 per 1000 patient days (p< 0.001). Conclusion: In a tertiary cancer centre, patients who were divorced, on income support, or diagnosed with lung or GI cancer were more likely to access PC. Amongst those patients who presented to the ED, those who accessed PC first had higher rates of ED use. Further explorations of presenting complaints, utilization patterns, and symptom burdens will be analyzed to determine if early PC consults can influence or decrease ED utilization.