Managing an ostomy can feel overwhelming. Whether you have a new stoma, or you’ve been here before, Ostomy Canada can help. For over 60 years, we’ve been there for thousands of Canadians with an ostomy, helping them live life to the fullest.

Join the Ostomy Canada Community!

Let’s work together to end the stigma surrounding ostomies! We understand that living with an ostomy can be challenging, but you are not alone. Ostomy Canada is here to provide support, education, and raise awareness for the over 150,000 Canadians who are living with an ostomy. Join us in our mission to uplift and empower those who are affected by this condition.

stats & story

Ostomy stats presented by Ostomy Canada Society

Approximately 1.3 million individuals globally have an ostomy, such as an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy. A significant portion of this population resides in North America, with around 750,000 people living with an ostomy.

Canadians undergo an ostomy procedure
Individuals living with an ostomy in Canada

Statistics sourced from: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario – Best Practice Guidelines. Supporting Adults Who Anticipate or Live with an Ostomy. Published: April 2019. (

Ostomy Canada Ambassador: Nadia Maffucci Di Rienzo

Meet Nadia: The Inspiring Face of Ostomy Advocacy

Meet Nadia Maffucci Di Rienzo, Ostomy Canada’s inaugural Ostomy Ambassador, sharing her journey with grace and advocacy. Follow her narrative across our media channels as she embodies resilience and spirit in our community.


ostomy learning centre

Ostomy Journey

Ostomy Journey

Learn what to expect with your new ostomy!

Ostomy Care


Ostomy basics, skin care, diet, and more.



Ostomy Canada webinars provide ostomy education.

Submit A Question

Submit A Question

Find answers about your ostomy through our Medical Lifestyle Advisory Committee.



Ostomy stories, advice, Ask The NSWOC and more!



Ostomy stories, advice, Ask The NSWOC and more!
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get involved

At Ostomy Canada, we understand that coping with ostomy can be challenging, and we are here to help. We rely on the kindness, generosity, and support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors, who, together with us, form the Canadian Ostomy Community. We warmly encourage you to consider lending a hand, as we strive to raise awareness and funds to assist those who need it most. We know that the need is great, and we sincerely hope that you will join us in making a difference.

Our Initiatives

Upcoming Events

Our list of upcoming events

02junAll DayDéjeuner / DînerShawinigan, QC

02junAll DayVolunteer Appreciation LunchDartmouth, NS

04junAll DayVancouver Under 50’s GroupVancouver, BC – Email:

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07julAll Day12Ostomy Canada Youth CampTo provide an opportunity for young people aged 9-18 who have ostomies or other special related needs (internal pouch, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bladder exstrophy, cancer, cecostomy tube, Mitrofanoff or spina bifida), to attend camp and participate in camp activities under professional supervision

08jul1:30 pm2:30 pmComox Valley Ostomy Support GroupCourtenay, BC

17jul8:00 pm9:00 pmOstomy Canada Society National Webinar2024 Q3 WEBINAR – Navigating Life Adjustments and Emotional Well-Being Post-Ostomy Surgery

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12aug1:30 pm2:30 pmComox Valley Ostomy Support GroupCourtenay, BC

13augAll DayBC Urinary Continent Diversions Support Group Quarterly MeetingVancouver, BC

21aug7:00 pm8:00 pmVictoria Ostomy Virtual Support GroupVictoria, BC

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03sep7:00 pm8:00 pmYoung People’s (under 50) Ostomy Group MeetingVancouver, BC

16sep1:00 pm2:00 pmVictoria Ostomy Support GroupVictoria, BC

18sep7:00 pm8:00 pmVictoria Ostomy Virtual Support GroupVictoria, BC

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05oct6:00 am11:59 pmStep Up for Ostomy – 2024Our vision at Ostomy Canada is to be Canada’s voice for people living with an Ostomy. Your financial support for our single largest fundraising and awareness event, will help all people who have an Ostomy, and their families; helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration and advocacy.

16oct5:00 pm6:00 pmOstomy Canada Society National Webinar2024 Q4 WEBINAR – Topic TBD

16oct7:00 pm8:00 pmVictoria Ostomy Virtual Support GroupVictoria, BC

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