Canadian Cancer Society office in Fort McMurray closes

21 February 2017

Fort McMurray -

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) will close its physical office space in Fort McMurray due to changes in the way people are accessing cancer information and support, but cancer patients, their caregivers and families will continue to have full access to CCS support services.

The Fort McMurray office will closes on March 31, 2017, but the office has actually not been open since October 13, 2016 due to staffing changes.

“More and more people are interacting with CCS online to get the information and support they need to cope with a cancer diagnosis. As a result, we have experienced a steady decline in walk-in traffic at our Fort McMurray office over recent years,” says Dan Holinda, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society in Alberta/NWT.

“As digital interactions continue to grow, we realize we can better serve all Canadians living with cancer – including people in the Wood Buffalo region – without needing to rely on a physical building.”

The CCS commitment to you

While CCS’s physical office space in Fort McMurray is closing, its commitment to the community is not changing.

“Cancer patients, their families and caregivers in the Wood Buffalo Region will continue to have full access to all of our support services,” says Holinda.

The following CCS support services are available to all people with cancer in the Wood Buffalo Region and area:

  • For up-to-date and trusted cancer information, call our Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-888-939-3333.
  • For comforting peer support, visit our trusted online support community at cancerconnection.ca.
  • Request a wig from our Wig Lending Program by calling toll-free at 1-800-661-2262.
  • The Wood Buffalo Emergency Fund provides a one-time subsidy for the greatest needs of people with cancer from Fort McMurray and the surrounding Wood Buffalo Region.

“We thank the community for its unwavering support and for understanding why we are closing our physical office space in Fort McMurray,” says Holinda. “Because of the shift in how people are interacting with us, the financially responsible thing for us to do is close our physical space and redirect that investment to cancer prevention, research and support.”

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers and staff whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Rosie Hales

Communications Specialist

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416 934-5338