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

Summer Program 2018

​Application Deadline Dates for Summer 2018 for TGH, TR & TWH​
  • Post-Secondary Students: Apply online by March 12, 2018. Must complete entire intake process (interview, health clearance, orientation, placement meeting), be ready to start volunteering no later than the week of May 14, 2018 until August 31, 2018.
  • Secondary Students: Apply online by April 30, 2018. Must complete entire intake process (interview, health clearance, orientation, placement meeting and be ready to start no later than the week of July 3, 2018, and be able to volunteer two full days per week until August 31, 2018.
  • Toronto Rehab (TR) sites.

  • Post-Secondary/High School Students: Apply online by March 16, 2018. Must complete entire intake process (application, references, interview, health clearance, orientation, CRC), and be ready to start volunteering no later than the week of May 17, 2018 until August 31, 2018.

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:

  1. Read through our Online Volunteer Information Session or watch our YouTube video.  At the end of the Session, you will find the "Apply Now" button that will lead you to the online application.
  2. Watch the above video and fill out an Online Application​
  3. 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.

    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.
  4. Have 2 references completed.
  5. 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

  6. Attend an Interview
  7. Once your application is reviewed, you will be invited to an interview. During the interview you will receive a health immunization record form.

    For applicants to PM, TGH, TWH: Upon acceptance you will receive a conditional offer of acceptance pending your health screening (please see next step).

    For applicants applying to TR: You must agree to a criminal record check. For the protection of our patients, during the interview, all volunteers 18 years of age and older are required to complete a criminal record check. This process will be explained during the interview and there is no charge to the candidate.

  8. Complete a Health Clearance
  9. Approved candidates for our volunteer program are expected to complete a health record form with the help of their family physician, showing proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox ). You 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.

    For those applying to PM, TGH, TWH: Make an appointment with the Occupational Health and Safety Department at the hospital you will be volunteering in. Bring your conditional offer and your health documentation/records with you to your appointment. Occupational Health will review your health documentation/records.

    Once your health documentation/record has been checked, you will cleared by the Occupational Health and Safety Department. On the day you are cleared, please visit the Volunteer Resources office at the site you will be volunteering to notify them of your clearance and to pick up the volunteer orientation schedule.

    Please note: The health record/documentation must be completed by your family doctor. UHN does not reimburse any fees your physician may charge for this service.

  10. Attend Volunteer Orientation
  11. Once we receive your completed health record form, you will be scheduled to attend a mandatory general hospital orientation that consists of a summary of UHN, infection control, emergency procedures, confidentiality, etc.

  12. Placement and Training
  13. After the orientation, you will be contacted by a 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.