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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 notice due 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.

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 and is currently operating in Nanaimo, British Columbia. 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


  • ​​Stratford General Hospital 
  • West Park Healthcare Centre
  • Humber River Hospital
  • William Osler Health System
  • Grand River Hospital
  • Guelph General Hospital
  • St. Josephs Health Centre Guelph
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital 
  • Halton Healthcare - Oakville Trafalgar Hospital 
  • Halton Healthcare - Milton District  Hospital 
  • Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga
  • Ross Memorial Hospital 
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre 
  • Lakeridge Health 
  • St. Michael's Hospital 
  • Toronto Western Hospital (The Western) 
  • Toronto Rehabilitation - University Centre
  • Sunnybrook Hospital 
  • Bridgep​oint Active
  • Providence Healthcare
  • St. John's Rehabilitation - Sunnybrook Hospital Social
British Columbia: ​
  • ​Surrey Memorial Hospital ​​​and Laurel Place
  • GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre - Vancouver

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