Step Up for Ostomy

Get ready for an amazing 2023! Together, let’s surpass our previous achievements and make an even bigger impact. Thank you for your incredible support—we can’t wait to see what we’ll accomplish this year!

Every year, Canadians across the country celebrate “living life to the fullest” by participating in a national awareness and fund raising event called Step Up for Ostomy ( This year Step Up for Ostomy is being held on Saturday – September 23, 2023. Throughout Canada, individuals living with an ostomy are extending an invitation to their friends and family to participate in various activities such as walking, running, biking, hiking, or any preferred choice, with the goal of raising funds and promoting awareness for Ostomy Canada. In previous years, the Step up event was primarily held “virtually” to abide by public health guidelines. Our hope is that in 2023 we will broaden our outdoor activities and yet we will always respect our public health rules and the safety of our stakeholders. This amazing cross Canada event will raise much-needed funds to help us improve the quality of life for people living with an ostomy in every province and territory. Visit our website to find out more and to download such items as the Planning Manual, FAQ, pledge cards, forms and all kinds of support tools.

In 2022, you helped raise over $100,000. Thank you for your incredible support…. We can't wait for 2023 step up for ostomy event!

We need your help in reaching our fundraising goal of $100,000

We are looking for sponsorships, teams, individuals and supporters to help make our event a success


Our Step Up for Ostomy campaign is available on JustGiving.


Help us reach and exceed our target by donating directly.


Create your own fundraising pages to setup individual targets.


Create team pages to involve as many team members as you like.

Step up today!

Donations are simple and secure with our JustGiving portal. To obtain detailed guidance pertaining to locating the campaign or initiating a donation, kindly navigate to our official Step Up for Ostomy website at:

What will your donation go to support?

Your much needed donation and support will be of a great help to Ostomy Canada Society to execute the below necessary activities.

Ostomy Visitors Program

Our Ostomy Visitor Program supports people living with ostomies both pre and post surgery via way of a certified visitor.

Influencing public policy

Influencing public policy to obtain equitable ostomy funding across Canada.

Community outreach

Community outreach and public education and awareness through local chapters and support groups.

Ostomy Canada Youth Camp

Our amazing Ostomy Canada Kids Youth Camp.

Education awards

Education awards for both NSWOC (ostomy nurses) and post-secondary students.

Ostomy Canada magazine

Our Ostomy Canada magazine with compelling and motivating personal stories of people living with an ostomy and their accomplishments and more.

promote collaboration

To promote collaboration with other like minded organizations and businesses.

Read The Real Stories

Check out how Ostomy Canada Society is helping change live all across Canada

My Journey With Ostomy

I have been involved with the Ostomy Canada Society for almost 20 years. After having cancer/ostomy surgery in 2002 I…

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The Amazing Ostomy Camp

Camp has been one of the most impactful experiences I have ever had. I attended ostomy camp for nine years…

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check out pictures from STEP UP FOR OSTOMY 2023
check out pictures from STEP UP FOR OSTOMY 2022
check out pictures from STEP UP FOR OSTOMY 2021

Sign Petition

Ostomy Canada is petitioning the Ontario Government to: "Respect the ADP mandate to cover 75% of the average cost of ostomy supplies and would like your help by adding your name. Once we have a sufficient # of signatures, the petition will be brought to the Ontario Legislature by The NDP Health Critic.