Ostomy Resources & Support

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society exists to unite and inspire all Canadians to take control of cancer. 

Contact: 250.592.2244
101-1537 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC V8T 4Y2

Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario is the Ontario government’s principal cancer advisor and a division of CCO. The organization equips health professionals, organizations and policy-makers with the most up-to-date cancer knowledge and tools to prevent cancer and deliver high-quality patient care.

1-888 939-3333 on weekdays
500-525 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada  M5G 2L3

Lymphedema Association of Ontario

The Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO) strives to help people living with lymphedema and healthcare professionals by offering information about lymphedema and lymphedema resources in Ontario.

262-2869 Bloor St. W.,
Toronto, ON M8X 1B3 Canada

Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario is the provincial lead on the quality of health care. The organization is motivated by a single-minded purpose: Better health for all Ontarians.

130 Bloor Street West, 10th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1N5

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

Colorectal Cancer Canada is the nations not for profit colorectal cancer patient organization dedicated to colorectal cancer awareness and education, support for patients and their caregivers, and advocacy on their behalf.

1350 Sherbrooke West, Suit 300
Montreal, QB H3G 1J1

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada 

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.

PO Box 47147 City Square.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4L6

Ostomy Society Canada (United Ostomy Association)

Ostomy Canada Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

5800 Ambler Dr., Suite 210
Mississauga, ON L4W 4J4

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario deliver and champion excellence in service, support and advocacy for and with people with spinal cord injury.

520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, ON M4G 3V9

Quebec Cancer Foundation

The Quebec Cancer Foundation supports people with cancer and their loved ones, here in Quebec, through services suited to their needs and daily concerns. The organization aims to be the leading provider of support, assistance and reassurance for all people affected by cancer.

2075, rue de Champlain
Montréal (Québec) H2L 2T1

Quebec Cancer Coalition

The Quebec Cancer Coalition is a group of more than 60 non-profit organizations representing all cancer types and all regions of Quebec, which aims to improve the health care system in Quebec for the good of those affected by cancer. In particular, the organization defends the rights and interests of patients, survivors and caregivers.

(514) 788-4944
300-647, avenue Victoria
Saint-Lambert, Québec J4P 2J7

Canadian Hernia Society

The CHS provides a professional forum for education and research for the advancement of hernia care.

505 March Road, Suite 210
Kanata, ON, Canada K2K 2X3

Shouldice Hospital

Shouldice is the only hospital in the world exclusively designed and equipped to deliver “The Shouldice Experience. “From our estate-like setting to our dedicated staff and attentive patient care, everything at Shouldice has been carefully planned for your comfort and convenience.  The organization offers a complete and holistic recovery program that promotes healing and encourages a rapid return to normal activities.

7750 Bayview Avenue,Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 4A3

Ottawa Ostomy Support Group

The Ottawa Ostomy Support is a volunteer-based, charitable organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging any one who has or will have intestinal or urinary tract diversions by providing peer support, education services and support to the family unit.

(613) 447-0361
120 Central Park Dr,
Ottawa, ON K2C 4G3


Financial Resources  

Ontario Disability Support Program

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a means-tested government-funded last resort income support paid for qualifying residents in the province of Ontario, Canada, who are above the age of 18 and have a disability.

4 Robert Speck Pkwy., 14th Flr
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1S1

Canada Revenue Agency - Disability Tax Credits

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.

Need more information? View the FAQ document from Ostomy Canada: https://nswoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/English.pdf

Régie de l’assurance maladie: Ostomy Appliances Program

The Ostomy Appliances Program provides financial support for the purchase or replacement of ostomy-Definition supplies, such as ostomy bags (pouches). The financial assistance is paid out once per year, and the amount is determined according to the type of stoma: permanent or temporary.

Veterans Affairs Canada

Provides pensions for disability or death, financial support in the form of allowances, health care benefits and services to members of the Canadian Forces and Merchant Navy veterans who served in the First World War, the Second World War, Korean War, and the Vietnam War *certain civilians who are entitled to benefits because of their wartime service; former members of the Canadian Forces (including those who served in Special Duty Areas) * the Royal Canadian Mounted Police * survivors and dependents of military and civilian personnel.

5800 Hurontario St, Suite 150
Mississauga, ON L5R 4B9

Assistive Devices Program

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is to provide consumer centered support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs. Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through access to assistive devices responsive to their individual needs.


Life Style and Other Resources

GI Society 

The GI Society are committed to improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to health care, and promoting digestive and liver health.

GI Society provides excellent resources on topics such as a Diet and Nutrition Guide as well as being Pregnant with an Ostomy. 

231-3665 Kingsway.
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

IA Support

The Illeostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group is a mutual support group based in the United Kingdom. The following is a link for the IA support groups Guide for Excerise with an Ostomy. 

Danehurst Court, 35 – 37 West Street,
Rochford, Essex SS4 1BE


United Ostomy Associations of America is a non-profit organisation based in Maine. They are dedicated to empowering, and supporting anyone who has had, or will have an ostomy. Check out the UOAAs Guide for Intimacy After Ostomy Surgery as well as their Diet and Nutrition Guide.

P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME

Supporting Adults Who Anticipate or Live with an Ostomy

Supporting Adults who Anticipate or Live with an Ostomy is a best practice guideline (BPG) that provides nurses and the interprofessional team with evidence-based recommendations for the most effective strategies to support adults (18 years and older) who anticipate or live with an ostomy.

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