Find Support

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

It Starts With Me
Online resource introducing Canadians to clinical trials, including how to find a suitable clinical trial, what to know before applying, and what to expect as a result.
Website
n2@n2canada.ca
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.
Website
(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. 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. Programs are offered across the country.
Website
(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. Located in over 100 hospital and cancer care facilities across Canada.
Website
(905) 890-5161, 1-800-914-5665
lgfb@lgfb.ca
CancerView.ca
Connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control.
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.
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 - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
(709) 579-7325 or toll free at 1-877-571-7325
connect@youngadultcancer.ca
Localife Calgary - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
(709) 579-7325 or toll free at 1-877-571-7325
localifecalgary@youngadultcancer.ca
Peace River Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Peace River Community Health Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Address: 10915 99 Street, Peace River, Alberta
(780) 624-7500
Fort McMurray Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Address: 7 Hospital Street, Fort McMurray, Alberta
(780) 791- 6217
Lloydminster Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Lloydminster Hospital and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Address: 3820 43 Avenue, Lloydminster, Alberta
(306) 820- 6144
Hinton Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Hinton Healthcare Centre and offers healthcare services for people with cancer.
Website
Hinton General Hospital, 1280 Switzer Drive, Hinton, Alberta
(780) 865- 3333 ext. 1183
High River Community Cancer Centre
This facility provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department. The High River Community Cancer Centre is located within this facility.
Website
High River General Auxiliary Hospital, 560 9 Avenue West, High River, Alberta
(403) 652- 2200
Drumheller Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Drumheller Health Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Drumheller District Health Services 351 9 Street NW Drumheller, Alberta
(403) 823- 6500
Drayton Valley Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located in Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Address: Drayton Valley Hospital and Health Centre, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta
(780) 621- 4888
Camrose Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the St. Mary's Hospital and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
St. Marys Hospital, 4607 53 Street Camrose, Alberta
(780) 679- 2822
Bow Valley Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Canmore General Hospital and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Canmore General Hospital, 1100 Hospital Place, Canmore, Alberta
(403) 679- 7313
Bonnyville Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Bonnyville Health Centre, 5001 Lakeshore Drive, Bonnyville, Alberta
(780) 826- 3311
Barrhead Community Cancer Centre
This facility is located within the Barrhead Healthcare Centre and offers healthcare service for people with cancer.
Website
Barrhead Healthcare Centre, 4815 51 Avenue, Barrhead, Alberta
(780) 305-3304
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
The Tom Baker Cancer Centre is southern Alberta’s own tertiary cancer centre and a leader in innovative cancer research, prevention, treatment and care initiatives across the province and beyond.
Website
1331 29 Street NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2
(403) 521-3723 or toll free at 1-866-412-4222
acfonline@albertacancer.ca
Camp Quality Alberta
Camp Quality Alberta 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
Wellspring 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.
Website
#1404, Home Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 1G7
(403) 521-5292 (NW) or (587) 747-0260 (SE)
nancybc@wellspringcalgary.ca
Survive and Thrive Cancer Programs
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.
Website
139 Woodhaven Bay SW Calgary, AB T2W 5S2
Contact via website contact form
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Victoria
Support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
2410 Lee Avenue Victoria, BC, V8R 6V5
(250) 519-5500 or toll free at 1-800-670-3322
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Prince George
Support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
1215 Lethbridge Street Prince George, BC, V2M 7E9
(250) 645-7300 or toll free at 1-855-775-7300
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Kelowna
These support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre) 399 Royal Avenue Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3
(250) 712-3900 or toll free at 1-888-563-7773
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Vancouver
These support programs offer you the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
600 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E6
(604) 877-6000 or toll free at 1-800-663-3333
Localife Vancouver - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
Toll Free: 1-877-571-7325
localifevancouver@youngadultcancer.ca
Ismaili Women Living with Cancer Support Group
Ismaili Women Living with Cancer is a peer facilitated support group for women with cancer and their female caregiver or female family member.
When: Third Saturday of each month, bi-monthly at 10:00 am
5064 Kingsway Burnaby, BC, V5H 2E7
(604) 306-5040
iwcancersupportgroup@gmail.com
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Surrey
BC Cancer Centre - Surrey offers support programs to get the information you need, the support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
13750 96th Avenue Surrey, BC, V3V 1Z2
(604) 930-2098 or toll free at 1-800-523-​2885
Abbotsford Cancer Centre
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.
Website
32900 Marshall Road Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 0C2
(604) 851-4710 or toll free at 1-877-547-3777
Aboriginal Cancer Care Program
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.
Website
449 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
(604) 254-9949 ext. 224
canceraware@vnhs.net
Inspire Health – Integrative Cancer Care
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. No referral is required.
Website
Where: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna
1-888-734-7125
Camp Goodtimes
Camp Goodtimes is an internationally acclaimed and accredited summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens with cancer and their families.
Website
565 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4J4
(604) 675-7141 or toll free at 1-800-663-2524 ext. 7141
gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca
Callanish
Callanish creates a healing space for people who have been irrevocably changed by cancer.
Website
2277 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC V6K 2J1, CANADA
(604) 732-0633
info@callanish.org
Camp Quality Manitoba
Camp Quality provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
Where: Manitoba
Website
toll free at 1-866-738-8011
manitoba@campquality.org
Lifeart Prosthetics
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.
1-1924 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R2V2B2
Website
(204) 334-1206 or 1-877-607-7645
info@lifeartprosthetics.com
Get Better Together! by the Wellness Institute
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.
1075 Leila Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R2P 2W7
Website
(204) 632-3910
gbt@wellnessinstitute.ca
Camp Goodtime – New Brunswick
Camp Goodtime 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.
Where: Camp Rotary on Grand Lake
Website
1-800-455-9090
gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca
Localife St. John's
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.
Based in St John’s, Newfoundland
Website
(709) 579-7325
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.
Based in St John’s, NFL. Second office in Halifax, NS
Website
(709) 579- 7325 or toll free at 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
Oncology Drug Access Navigators of Ontario (ODANO)
ODANO is a provincial organization founded to provide support, advocate for members, share resources and educate existing and new navigators in order to maximize the appropriate funding for all cancer patients.
Website
mail@odano.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
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