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