Ostomy Canada Benefit Finder

  • A national network of community ostomy support groups;
  • Financial assistance to attend Camp Horizon in Alberta;
  • The Shane Banfield Memorial Fund to offer financial assistance to attend camp for children with bladder issue caused by a birth defect, cancer, or a motor vehicle accident;
  • Post-secondary student award of $1000 for qualified applicants;
  • NSWOC nurses award of $1500 for successful completion of NSWOCC ETNEP training;
  • Assistance in applying for the Disability Tax Credit;
  • Support through the Visitor Program;
  • Participation in special interest groups such as Parents of Children with Ostomies, SASO, etc.
  • Access to an ET/NSWOC for regular checkups with your stoma system. (Find an ET/NSWOC link below).
  • Access to a physiotherapist that knows about perineal and/or abdominal surgery and exercises to strengthen those areas. Ottawa Ostomy Support has a great file here. Saskatoon Ostomy Association has a great file here.

Awards Program – (Formerly called Bursary Program)

The deadline for the new Awards Program is coming up!

For details, click here.

Find Your Local Chapter or Support Group

Find your Local Chapter

Located throughout Canada, face to face chapters or support group meetings provide support, understanding and share information.

Click the map or this link to locate the Chapter or Support Group nearest you.

Visiting Program

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Through a local chapter, connect with a trained visitor with the common bond of having undergone ostomy surgery. The Ostomy Canada Society visitor is qualified to share non-medical information and share support.

Find a NSWOC

Our friends over at Nurses Specialized In Wound, Ostomy And Continence Canada [NSWOCC] (formerly called The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET)) have renamed their new program on their website. It was formerly called “Find An ET Nurse” and is now called “Find a NSWOC“. Click on the image to the left or link here to go to their site.

SASO (Spouses and Significant Others)

spousesA support network and information for spouses, partners, family members, friends and caregivers of persons with an ostomy.

Click here for more information.

Gutsy Gang Social Club

A forum to meet other young adults (20 – 40 years old) living with an ostomy – to share ideas and support. Click here for their Facebook group.

Parents of Children with an Ostomy

Connect with other parents of children who have an ostomy. Join their Facebook group here.

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