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Getting transportation to treatment

We have suspended our Wheels of Hope service but will relaunch it, with revisions due to COVID-19, when it is safe to do so. Until then, we encourage clients to use their own personal network for travel if they can.

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We understand getting to treatment can be difficult, especially if you are also dealing with physical or financial challenges or if the treatment centre is far from home. At the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), we offer transportation support for those who are currently attending cancer treatments.

If you need help, we can work with you to find the best options for you. For more information, please contact the Wheels of Hope program at 1-800-263-6750.

  • Need transportation?
    Volunteer Driver Program

    Our volunteer-provided driving program is a ride-sharing service providing transportation to cancer appointments. These trained volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who give of their time to help get you to your treatment.
    Where available, we strive to provide safe and reliable transportation for people who are currently receiving treatment at approved cancer treatment facilities.

    TRAVEL TREATMENT FUND

    The Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Travel Treatment Fund may be able to offset some of your travel costs. A financial assessment is required for this program and can be applied for annually while still receiving treatment.

    To see if you qualify for this assistance please contact us at 1-800-263-6750.

    Applications for this program include a fully completed Application Form including the section to be filled out by a healthcare professional and the Direct Deposit Consent with a copy of a "VOID" cheque. To avoid delay please ensure the application is complete and all the required documentation is provided. Please forward your Travel Treatment Fund application and Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) form to the Canadian Cancer Society by:

    FAX:  1-866-263-6757

    EMAIL:transportation@cancer.ca

    Important Note about Email transportation@cancer.ca  is not a protected address. If you are not comfortable with this method of sending your personal TTF application and accompanying documents, please opt to send your information by mail or fax instead.  

    MAIL:  Travel Treatment Fund 
    c/o Canadian Cancer Society 
    1550 Upper James Street Suite 300,
    Hamilton ON, L9B 2L6
    Phone: 1 800 263 6750
    Fax: 1 866 263 6757
    E-mail: transportation@cancer.ca

    Important Note about Mail – There may be a significant delay in processing applications sent by mail.

    OTHER RESOURCES

    We can help find you the support you need. If you have questions about our programs or other services that may be available in your area, please call our Cancer Information Helpline at 1-888-939-3333 or search our Community Services Locator for more information about what’s available in your community.

    Family Provided Program

    Family provided transportation assistance is available to a family who’s child has cancer and is traveling 200 km (one way) or more to get to the treatment centre(s).

    In these instances families provide the transportation to treatment and are reimbursed financially according to our policies.

    Families should contact their Social Worker or Interlink Nurse at their treatment centre to register.

  • Become a driver

    Volunteer drivers are well trained and supported in their role, and are important ambassadors for the Canadian Cancer Society. We offer flexible day-time driving opportunities based on your schedule.

    Potential drivers must complete training, have a MTO and criminal records check before joining our team of volunteer drivers.

    Drivers are reimbursed for kms accumulated while driving patients to their appointments and home again.

    Drivers can further support the program by donating all or part of their reimbursement amount and in return receive an income tax receipt.

    Want to join our team of volunteer drivers? Contact our Cancer Information Services at 1-888-939-3333 or complete the volunteer registration form online.

  • Did you know?

    CCS's Wheels of Hope Service is one of the largest volunteer-provided programs in North America.

    CCS invests in recruiting, training and maintaining 1800 volunteer drivers to support the program across Ontario.

    In 2018/19, our drivers made more than 50,000 trips totaling 8 million km. These drivers helped 7,000 patients (including over 4,000 brand new patients) to attend 80,000 cancer related appointments.

    We anticipate the need for the program will increase each year given the aging population and more advanced screening practices.

    You can find clear information about our finances in our annual impact report. You will find information on how much we spend on programs, research and advocacy and how much we invest in fundraising.

  • Who to contact

    If you need a ride to your treatment and you would like to register for our Volunteer Driver Provided Program please call 1-800-263-6750.

    If you have a child with cancer please contact the Social Work department at your child’s treatment centre or contact your local Canadian Cancer Society office to register and get more information about our Family Provided Program.

    If you would like to become a volunteer driver please contact your local Canadian Cancer Society office or complete the volunteer registration form online.

    If you have questions about the Wheels of Hope Volunteer Driver Provided Program or the registration fee, call 1-800-263-6750.

    Support of the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service is always appreciated. Donations can be made online, by phone at 1-888-939-3333, by mail or in person at any one of the Canadian Cancer Society community offices.

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