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How to Become a Volunteer - All UHN Sites

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Toronto General Hospital (TG), Toronto Western Hospital (TW), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM) and Toronto Rehab (TR)

​Returning Volunteers

If you have previously volunteered with UHN and would like to return to volunteer, you do not have to complete another application. Please connect with your Program Coordinator and they will guide you through the steps to become an active volunteer.

The Year Round Program​​​

Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital: applications for regular (6 month – 1 year + commitment) volunteers open all year. Start date dependent on completion of entire intake process which must be completed within 3 months of interview.

​Toronto Rehab:  applications for regular (6 month minimum commitment) volunteers open all year.  Start date dependent on completion of ​​screening process which must be completed within 3 months of interview.

 

To become a volunteer at UHN, you will need to complete the following steps:​

Read through our Online Volunteer Information Session or watch our YouTube video

At the end of the Online Volunteer Information Session, you will find the "Apply Now" button that will lead you to the Online Application.  Please take note of the password next to the Apply Now button in the Information Session or Video. Later, you will be asked for it in the Online Application.  If you have watched the YouTube video instead, please click on the link for the Online Application under the video.

UHN has 7 sites throughout Toronto with a variety of patient care programs. Please read what we have to offer at Volunteer Opportunities and Programs, to understand the goals and types of treatment provided at each hospital. There is no deadline for year-round volunteering applications.​

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 When applying, make sure to include the following:
  • Make sure you submit your resume and cover letter with the application.
  • You need to complete the application within 7 days.
  • Please indicate the hospital site at which you wish to volunteer and programs would like to volunteer in.
  • Please be flexible in your expectations and indicate more than one area of interest. If the site you request is full, you will be offered your second choice.
  • Please indicate the days/times you are available to volunteer

Have 2 references completed

Two (2) types of references are accepted and are to be uploaded to your application or brought with you to the interview. Only professional references are accepted (i.e. not family or friends). Recent letters of reference (less than one year old) may be accepted.

 Volunteer Reference Form

Attend an Interview

Once your application is reviewed, you will be invited to an interview. A Volunteer Health Assessment form will either be given to you during the interview or emailed to you after the interview if you are conditionally accepted as a volunteer.  At Toronto General Hospital (TG), Toronto Western Hospital (TW) and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), a conditional acceptance will also be emailed to you after the interview.  It will contain instructions for the next steps of the onboarding process.  At Toronto Rehab, you will be told at the end of the interview if you have been accepted and asked to fill out a paper form of the Criminal Record Check (CRC) and submit a copy of your ID.

For the protection of our patients, all volunteers 18 years of age and older are required to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC).  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), Toronto General Hospital (TG), Toronto Rehab (TR) or Toronto Western Hospital (TW), you must agree to a Criminal Record Check (CRC). There will be no charge to you for the CRC. During the interview, the process for the Criminal Record Check will be explained to you.  ​

Complete a Health Clearance

If you are accepted to our volunteer program you will be expected to complete a health assessment with the help of your family physician (or walk-in clinic if you do not have a doctor), showing proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox ). You will also need to undergo a 2 step TB skin test. You cannot volunteer if this information is not provided. This is a requirement under the Ontario Hospitals Act. It is for the protection of our patients as well as for you.

Please email your completed Volunteer Health Assessment form (which includes your Volunteer Immunization Status Record) to the  Occupational Health and Safety Department email indicated in the conditional offer from TG, TW, PM or instructions given to you by TR Volunteer Resources staff. 

The Occupational Health and Safety Department will review your Volunteer Health Assessment form.  Once it has been checked and all is in order, you will cleared by the Occupational Health and Safety Department and they will email you a notification indicating that you have been cleared.  Volunteer Resources will receive a copy of the email.

Please note: The Volunteer Health Assessment Form (which includes the Volunteer Immunization Status Record) must be completed by your family doctor/walk-in clinic doctor. UHN does not reimburse any fees your family doctor or walk-in clinic doctor may charge for this service.​

Complete Criminal Record Check

At Toronto Rehab (TR), Volunteer Resources staff will ask you to fill out a paper form of the Criminal Record Check (CRC) and submit a copy of your government issued ID when you first come in for your interview (Step 4).  Once Volunteer Resources staff receive the email notification from the Occupational Health and Safety Department indicating you are cleared, they will process the Criminal Record Check (CRC).  At Toronto General Hospital (TG), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM) and Toronto Western Hospital (TW), Volunteer Resources staff will email you a link for your Criminal Record Check (CRC) once they have received the email notification from the Occupational Health and Safety Department indicating that you have been cleared.  After receipt of a clear Criminal Record Check (CRC), Volunteer Resources staff will email you instructions and a link for Part 1 of the New Volunteer Orientation.​​

Attend Volunteer Orientation

Part 1 – The New Volunteer Orientation consists of several online mandatory modules that you will need to complete before proceeding to

Part 2 – The New Volunteer Orientation, the Hospital Site component, will take place at the Hospital Site in which you will be volunteering.

Placement & Training

After Part 1 and Part 2 of the New Volunteer Orientation are complete, you will be contacted by a Volunteer Resources Program Coordinator to discuss placement details, finalize your schedule, sign necessary documentation and arrange any necessary additional training.

*Please note, the screening process for volunteers can take from 6-8 weeks to complete. Applying for a volunteering position does not guarantee you a placement opportunity.