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Hospital Visitation

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Please note:In-person visits for March of Dimes Canada's hospital visitation programs are suspended until further noticedue to COVID-19. Online visits are currently available in Ontario, and are planned for British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. Scroll down for a list of participating health care locations. 

Email or phone 1-888-540-6666 for further details.

Watch After Stroke Hospital Visitation Program video:


Peers Fostering Hope (PFH) and Linking Survivors with Survivors 

Our hospital visitation programs help persons living with stroke, their family, friends and caregivers. The goal of the program is to enhance quality of life, alleviate feelings of isolation, and help new stroke survivors re-engage in their community post-stroke. This is achieved through efforts of trained peers who visit stroke survivors in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation units in local hospitals. 

Peer Volunteers are persons who have had a stroke and possess experiential knowledge and optimism gained from their recovery. The programs operate in collaboration with local hospitals where the peers are jointly trained by March of Dimes Canada and the hospital's volunteer service department.

Types of Support Provided:

  • Informational 
  • Emotional
  • Social 
  • Empowerment​

Peers Foster​​ing Hope runs in hospitals across Southern Ontario. A pilot program was launched in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2018 in Surrey and Vancouver. Linking Survivors with Survivors runs in Waterloo-Wellington in Ontario.

Hospital to Home - Programs & Services Location Map

View a comprehensive map of MODC's After Stroke programs and services across Canada that includes Hospital Visitation Programs:

Program Locations


  • Bridgep​oint Active Health Care
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Grand River Hospital
  • Grand River Hospital - Freeport Campus Out-Patient
  • Guelph General Hospital
  • Halton Healthcare - Milton District  Hospital 
  • Halton Healthcare - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital 
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - Hamilton General Hospital
  • Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare
  • Humber River Hospital
  • Huron Perth Healthcare - Stratford General Hospital
  • Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Lakeridge Health 
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre 
  • Providence Health Care
  • Ross Memorial Hospital 
  • St. John's Rehabilitation
  • St. Josephs Health Centre - Guelph
  • St. Michael's Hospital 
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
  • Toronto Rehabilitation University Centre
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital
  • West Park Healthcare Centre
  • William Osler - Brampton Civic Hospital
  • Windsor Regional Hospital
British Columbia: ​
  • ​GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre - Vancouver
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital ​​​and Laurel Place

If you, or someone you know is in the hospital due to a stroke, arrange a visit with one of our peer volunteers. For more information call our toll-free line at  1-888-540-6666 or email

If you would like to support​ the program, please DONATE NOW​!​

Patrick McCarthy"While in hospital, I was deeply touched by a stroke survivor who visited me. He gave me confidence and hope for recovery. This is why I volunteer with Peers Fostering Hope. I hope I can do the same for someone else."
Patrick McCarthy
Stroke Survivor and Peers Fostering Hope Volunteer

Hospital Visitation Program Partners

Thanks to the generous support of Halton Region, March of Dimes Canada has been able to launch virtual in-hospital visits at Joseph Brant and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospitals.