The Emergency Fund

The Emergency Fund for families dealing with childhood cancer is proudly supported by TD Bank, The Kindred Foundation, Mackenzie Investments, and Softchoice.

The Emergency Fund for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, specifically the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Toronto Foundation, United Way of Calgary and Area, Edmonton Community Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation. Funding will be distributed to reflect this support.
What is The Emergency Fund?
The Emergency Fund is a financial program available to patients and families in Canada who are a young adult or have a child with cancer and who require some financial assistance. For approved applicants, $250 is provided per family/patient as a one-time payment in the form of a Foundation cheque or a grocery card, depending on the applicant’s location.
Who is Eligible?
Canadian families who have a child with cancer who feel that they need financial assistance are eligible to access this program. 

For young adults with cancer, Childhood Cancer Canada has secured funding from the Emergency Community Support Fund for six different locations across Canada. We are able to provide grocery cards to young adult cancer patients who are 39 years old and under and who live in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver. 

To be eligible to receive funding, the child/patient must be:
  1. diagnosed with cancer 
  2. receiving care at a Canadian hospital (active treatment or follow-up / after-care)
  3. 39 years of age and under
  4. If 18 years of age or older, live in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and area or Vancouver
How Do I Apply for Funding?
To apply for The Emergency Fund, please fill out the form below.  You will be asked to provide information to help process your application along with a short description about how the funds will help your family. 

What Happens Next?
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis by a committee established by Childhood Cancer Canada.  All of your information will remain protected and will only be confidentially shared with this committee.
We will contact your Social Worker, Interlink Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Oncologist that you have identified as the contact from your Care Team to confirm that you or your child meets the above criteria. The committee will review your application and will contact you as soon as a decision is made about your application.
How Long Will the Fund be Available?
At this time, we have a limited amount of funds to provide to patients and families; however, we are working to try and transform this fund into an ongoing resource for families.  If you would like to donate to the Foundation, your help could not come at a better time.

Please use the below form to apply. Patients and families who wish to mail their application, can download a hard copy: Application for children with cancer under 18 years old and Application for patients with cancer 18 -39 years old.

Social Worker or Interlink Nurse or Nurse Practitioner or Oncologist:

Child / Patient:

Please confirm that you or your child are in:

Parent, Legal Guardian or Caregiver:

Other Parent, Legal Guardian or Caregiver:


Contact Information:​

We are able to provide financial assistance to young adult cancer patients who are between the ages of 18 and 39 years old and who live in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver only.


Please provide a brief description of how the funds will help your family:​

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