Find Support

The list below provides contact information for support groups, counselling services and
retreat locations across Canada.

Inspire.com – Soft Tissue Sarcoma Support Group
Inspire connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. This group is specifically for those with a sarcoma diagnosis.
Ongoing
Website
Online
(800) 945-0381 toll free
team@inspire.com
Ability Online
Provides fee and secure monitored online support community linking children, youth and young adults with disabilities or long-term illness to other kids and adults who care. They offer monitored topical discussion threads, chat facilities, and games/activities.
Ongoing
Based out of Etobicoke, Ontario, but open to those across Canada
866-650- 6207
information@abilityonline.org
Wellspring
Wellsprings is a network centre that provides emotional and psychological support free of charge to individuals and families living with cancer.
Ongoing
Website
Programs are offered across the country
416-480- 4440
Look Good… Feel Better
A free, two-hour hands-on workshop in which women whose appearance has been affected by cancer and cancer treatment learn how to look and feel a little more like themselves again.
Ongoing
Website
In over 100 hospital and cancer care facilities across Canada.
905-890- 5161, 1 800 914 5665
lgfb@lgfb.ca
CancerView.ca
Connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control.
Ongoing
Website
416 915-9222, 1 877 360-1665
info@cancerview.ca
Life Raft Group
Patient support organization for people with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumour), as well as their family and friends.
Ongoing
Website
Guelph, Ontario
1-855- LRG-GIST (1-855- 574-4478)
info@liferaftgroup.ca
Cancer Chat Canada
Professionally facilitated online group to support people affected by cancer.
meet once per week for up to 90 minutes in a live “chat” room on the Internet. Most of the groups meet for 10-12 weeks.
Website
Localife Edmonton
What it is: Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Edmonton
localifeedmonton@youngadultcancer.ca
Localife Calgary
What it is: Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Calgary
localifecalgary@youngadultcancer.ca
Peace River Community Cancer Centre
Address: 10915 99 Street, Peace River, Alberta
T: 780-624-7593
Fort McMurray Community Cancer Centre
Address: 7 Hospital Street, Fort McMurray, Alberta
T: 780-791- 6217
Lloydminster Community Cancer Centre
Address: 3820 43 Avenue, Lloydminster, Alberta
T: 306-820- 6144
Hinton Community Cancer Centre
Address: Hinton General Hospital, 1280 Switzer Drive, Hinton, Alberta
T: 780-865- 3333 ext 1183
High River Community Cancer Centre
Address: High River General Auxiliary Hospital, 560 9 Avenue West, High River, Alberta
T: 403-652- 0139
Drumheller Community Cancer Centre
Drumheller District Health Services 351 9 Street NW Drumheller, Alberta
T: 403-820- 7985
Drayton Valley Community Cancer Centre
Address: Drayton Valley Hospital and Health Centre, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta
T: 780-621- 4888
Camrose Community Cancer Centre
Address: St. Marys Hospital, 4607 53 Street Camrose, Alberta
T: 780-679- 2822
Bow Valley Community Cancer Centre
Address: Canmore General Hospital, 1100 Hospital Place, Canmore, Alberta
T: 403-678- 7200
Bonnyville Community Cancer Centre
Address: Bonnyville Health Centre, 5001 Lakeshore Drive, Bonnyville, Alberta
T: 780-826- 6533
Barrhead Community Cancer Centre
Address: Barrhead Healthcare Centre, 4815 51 Avenue, Barrhead, Alberta
T: 780-305-3304
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
What it is: Provides advanced medical and supportive cancer care, patient and professional education, and conducts research through the Alberta Cancer Research Institute.
Website
Where: Calgary
T: 866-238-3735
acfonline@albertacancer.ca
Camp Quality Alberta
What it is: Provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
When: Annually, during the summer
Website
Where: Alberta. Camp Quality Alberta also accepts campers from British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
1-866-738-8011
info@campquality.org
Wellspring Calgary Supportive Care
What it is: Provides peer support from trained volunteers who are cancer survivors or have been caregivers to a person with cancer. A Chaplain in Residence is also available to meet with those who are interested. Wellspring supports, informs, and empowers those diagnosed with cancer by helping them address the fear, isolation, disruption, and practical problems cancer can bring to their lives.
When: Monday to Sunday at various times of the day and evening.
Where: Calgary
nancybc@wellspringcalgary.ca
Survive and Thrive Cancer Programs
What it is: Geared towards young adults, Survive & Thrive uses adventure expeditions, film, healthy living, experiential education and research to encourage and inspire those touched by cancer to live well.
When: Ongoing, depending on program
Website
Where: Calgary
T: N/A
Localife Vancouver
What it is: Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Vancouver
localifevancouver@youngadultcancer.ca
Ismali Women Living with Cancer Support Group
What it is: Support group for women with cancer, and their female caregiver or female family member.
When: Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am
Where: Burnaby
T: 604-306-5040
iwcancersupportgroup@gmail.com
Support Programs at Fraser Valley Cancer Centre
What it is: Various programs ranging from relaxation and stress management to children’s groups.
When: For scheduling and availability, please contact Patient and Family Counselling.
Where: Surrey
T: 604-930-4000
Abbotsford Cancer Centre
What it is: The Abbotsford Centre provides access to a full range of cancer services for the people of BC, including prevention, screening and early detection programs, research and education, and care and treatment. The Abbotsford Centre is integrated with the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and is able to use many of the services available at the hospital in addition to the specialized cancer services & community resources.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Abbotsford
T: 1-877-547-3777
Chinese Support Group
What: A drop-in group for Chinese-speaking cancer patients and their supporters, it is conducted in Cantonese. This group provides a safe place to share feelings and thoughts on dealing with emotions, coping with cancer and its treatment.
When: Second Thursday of each month, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Website
Where: Vancouver
T: 604-877-6000 ext. 2375
Aboriginal Cancer Care Program
What it is: This program aims to build a community of support for individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis, their families and loved ones, as well as cancer survivors.
When: See website for calendar of events
Website
Where: Vancouver
T: 604-254-9949 ext. 248
canceraware@vnhs.net
Inspire Health – ONLINE
What it is: Online supportive cancer care program that can be accessed from anywhere in BC, including your home or office. Through this program you will have access to health care practitioners and learn powerful ways to alleviate symptoms of treatment, reduce the likelihood of recurrence, and optimize your body’s healing potential.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Vancouver
T: 888-734-7125
online@inspirehealth.ca
Inspire Health – Integrative Cancer Care
What it is: Inspire Health’s mission is provide the best care possible for people living with a diagnosis of cancer by working together with patients, their family doctors and oncologists. They are a not-for- profit and no referral is required.
When: Ongoing
Website
Where: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna
T: 1-888-734-7125
Camp Goodtimes
What it is: Internationally acclaimed and accredited summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens with cancer and their families.
When: July, August, annually
Website
Where: Loon Lake, Maple Ridge
T: 1-800-663-2524 ext. 7141
gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca
Callanish Society
What it is: Non-profit organization providing retreats for people living with cancer and their families.
When: Retreats every 2-3 months.
Website
Where: Vancouver
T: 604-732-0633
info@callanish.org
Camp Quality Manitoba
What it is: Provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
When: Annually, during the summer
Where: Manitoba
Website
T: 1-866-738-8011
manitoba@campquality.org
Lifeart Prosthetics
What it is: Lifeart provides custom-made, silicone body prosthetics. Lifeart prostheses are made to suit an individual’s needs. They are soft, lightweight and colour-matched for maximum comfort and a natural look.
When: Ongoing
Where: Winnipeg
Website
T: 204-334-1206
Lifeart@shaw.ca
Palliative Manitoba
What it is: For all Manitobans (and families of individuals) who are living with a life-threatening illness or coping with grief.
When: Ongoing
Where: Winnipeg
Website
T: 204-889-8525
info@manitobahospice.mb.ca
Get Better Together! by the Wellness Institute
What it is: Get Better Together! is a free six-week 2 ½ hour session each workshop, designed to help Manitobans with ongoing health conditions take control of their health.
When: Ongoing
Where: Varying locations throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba, as well as online.
T: 204-632-3900
gbt@wellnessinstitute.ca
Camp Goodtime – New Brunswick
What it is: A summer haven for New Brunswick children who have cancer or have had cancer. It brings them together for a week of fun, adventure and friendships in a safe, medically supervised environment. Camp Goodtime is open to children aged 7–12.
When: Annually during the summer
Where: Camp Rotary on Grand Lake
Website
T: 1-800-455-9090
gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca
Hospice Fredericton
What it is: This community organization offers services to persons with advanced cancer and their family. Volunteers provide services, including 6-week support group sessions, assistance with housekeeping, palliative care, and respite.
When: Ongoing
Where: Fredericton, New Brunswick
T: 506-472-8185
support@hospicefredericton.ca
Localife
Localife is a peer-led social activity-based program open to young adults who have received a cancer diagnosis, between the ages of 15 and 39. As of 2015, it is available in six cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and St. John’s.
Once every 2 months
Based in St John’s, Newfoundland
Website
T: 709-700- 1977
localifestjohns@youngadultcancer.ca
Young Adult Cancer Canada
YACC’s Mission is to build a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.
Ongoing
Based in St John’s, NFL. Second office in Halifax, NS
Website
709-579- 7325, 1- 877-571- 7325
connect@youngadultcancer.ca
Camp Goodtime – Nova Scotia
What it is: A week long summer camp for children living with, or in remission from, cancer or a brain tumour. All campers are invited to bring a buddy (sibling or friend) with them to camp.
When: Annually during the summer.
Where: Email for location information
1-800-639-0222
campgoodtime@ns.cancer.ca
Localife Ottawa
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
When: Ongoing
Where: Ottawa
Website
localifeottawa@youngadultcancer.ca
Localife Toronto
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
When: Ongoing
Where: Toronto
Website
localifetoronto@youngadultcancer.ca
Wigs to Wellness
What it is: Program that creates personalized wigs for those that have been diagnosed with a medical condition or disease in which treatments will result in hair loss. Counseling and other options provided by a trained hairstylist who treats clients in a professional yet compassionate way. Also accepts wig donations.
When: Ongoing
Where: Windsor, Ontario
Website
T: 519-915-5696
wigstowellness@yahoo.ca
ChildCan
What it is: Childcan helps children and their families cope with the diagnosis of cancer by providing financial, social, and emotional support, ensuring the child remains the sole focus as they face their cancer journey.
When: Ongoing
Where: London
Website
T: 1-800-966-0631
info@childcan.com
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
What it is: Canadian Cancer Survivor Network was created by a group of Canadians concerned about cancer.
When: Ongoing
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
T: 613-898-1871
info@survivornet.ca
Nanny Angel Network
What it is: The Nanny Angel Network is a group of professional women comprised of professional child care providers and board members who generously volunteer their time to provide quality, compassionate relief childcare, at no cost to mothers diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or in the early stages of recovery.
When: Ongoing
Where: Toronto and the surrounding area
Website
T: 416-730-0025
Lesbian and Partners’ Cancer Support Group
What it is: Provides an opportunity to meet with others from the lesbian community for discussion about cancer, the impact on their lives and the challenges they are facing. Where it is: Based out of Ontario, but also provides services in Alberta and Manitoba When: When: Drop-in program. First Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ongoing
Toronto
Website
T: 416-961-1928
info@wellspring.ca
Kids Talk Out
What it is: Support group for children with cancer and children with cancer in the family. Appropriate for ages 4-12, children participate in activities and deal with feelings surrounding their experience with cancer. Children are divided into two age groups, 4-7 and 8-12.
When: Every Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Website
T: 416-214-9898
info@gildasclubtoronto.org
Gay Men’s Cancer Support Group
What it is: Provides an opportunity to meet with other gay men for discussion about cancer, the impact on their lives and the challenges they are facing.
When: First and third Monday of each month, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Website
T: 877-499-9904
info@wellspring.ca
Chinese Cancer Support Group
What it is: An educational program that offers guidance and mutual support to Chinese cancer patients and their families. Health professionals and social workers are invited to make presentations and answer questions.
When: Second Tuesday of every month
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Website
T: 416-461-1925 ext. 248
Hospice Toronto
What it is: Volunteer-based in-home hospice and palliative care program. Their services help those facing life threatening illness spend their last days at home. Where it is: Toronto, Ontario
When: Ongoing
Where: Toronto
Website
T: 416-364-1666 ext. 225
info@hospicetoronto.ca
Women’s Wellness Cancer Support
What it is: Yoga practice followed by informal discussion among peers. Open to women with all types of cancer.
When: Third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Markham, Ontario
T: 647-403-7695
carolynthoar@gmail.com
Camp Quality Canada
What it is: Provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
When: Annually, during the summer
Where: Based out of Ontario, but also provides services in Alberta and Manitoba
Website
T: 866-738-8011
info@campquality.org
Wellspring – You Can Connect Program
What it is: A Space for young adults living with cancer.
When: Monthly, first Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Downtown Toronto
Website
T: 416-961-1928
Look Good Feel Better
What it is: Provides information for women on cosmetic application and hair alternatives to help them cope with some of the side effects of cancer and its treatment.
When: Monthly
Where: Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 212, Toronto
T: 416-586-4800, ext. 8757
Caregiver Support
What it is: A group focusing on coping skills/strategies and providing hope.
When: Every 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.
Where: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Typically Maria’s Room on 11 South.
T: 416-586-4800 ext. 5201
Sarcoma Patient Support
What it is: A Group focusing on coping skills/strategies and providing hope.
When: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.
Where: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Typically Maria’s Room on 11 South.
T: 416-586-4800 ext. 5201
Hospice PEI
What it is: Care and support provided to persons living with or dying from a life-limiting illness and to those who are bereaved.
When: Ongoing
Where: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Website
T: 902-368-4498
hpca@hospicepei.ca
Hope and Cope Pastoral Support Group
What it is: The guiding principal of this group is respect for one another’s individual life journey in illness.
When: First Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, March to November.
Where: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
T: 902-438-4374
Cancer Fight Club
Aims to provide adolescent and young adult patients and survivors, caregivers, family and friends, instant access to resources and support services that help guide them through their cancer experience.
Ongoing
Montreal
Website
info@cancerfightclub.com
On the Tip of the Toes Foundation
The Mission of the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation is to help young people living with cancer (aged 14-29) regain their well-being by facing the challenge of a therapeutic adventure expedition. Supervised by medical and outdoor experts, these expeditions also aim to change the image of cancer for the participants and the general public alike. It is possible to obtain information concerning application and expedition dates by phoning the organization or visit their Web site. An online application form is also available.
Ongoing
Chicoutimi
Website
418-543- 3048
info@pointedespieds.com
Allan Blair Cancer Centre
What it is: Out-patient facility which provides consultation, investigation and treatment for cancer patients. The Centre provides counseling, emotional support, grief support, financial aid, nutrition education, and wigs and headwear.
When: Ongoing
Where: Regina, Saskatchewan
Website
T: 306-766-2213
HOPE Cancer Help Centre Inc.
What it is: HOPE has two on-going support groups. CanCope is for anyone experiencing any type of cancer. Healing Through Medication is a peer-led support group. Individuals with cancer may be eligible for client assistance, however the must come from social workers at any of the cancer clinics or hospitals. Assistance is based on financial needs assessment and fund limitations.
When: CanCope: First and third Wednesday of each month. Healing Through Meditation: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
T: 306-955-4673
hopesaskatoon@sasktel.net
Wellbeing After Cancer
What it is: Online program designed to treat men and women who have recently completed cancer treatment and are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.
When: Ongoing
Where: Regina, Saskatchewan. Program offered online.
T: 306-337-2598
dirkse2d@uregina.ca
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency – Counseling and Support Services
What it is: Social workers at the cancer centres are available to help through counseling and a variety of supportive services.
When: Ongoing, depending on program
Where: Province Wide
Website
T: 306-585-1831
Patients Like Me
Website that allows you to connect online with people living with sarcoma. Where: Based out of Cambridge, Mass, but open to everyone.
Ongoing
Website
support@patientslikeme.com
Palliative Care Programs and Services Database
This website offers information on palliative care associations, drug/benefit programs, home care programs, residential hospices and other programs and services in Canada.
Ongoing
Online
Website
info@virtualhospice.ca