Creating Opportunities Today; Maximizing Independence Tomorrow


After years of working together, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) amalgamated on October 1, 2016.  We are now one organization, dedicated to improving the health of children, youth and families.
The purpose of OCTC’s Volunteer Program is to recruit and support the members of our community who provide services and resources to the clients, families and staff. 

Our volunteers represent a variety of backgrounds, from post-secondary school students to professionals and seniors. Volunteers bring their numerous talents to the Centre, and help create a supportive and friendly environment. Volunteers play a vital role in helping provide clients with the best care possible.

Program Requirements

This is what you need to know:

  • A minimum once a week commitment is required, which is set for the same day and time every week, ranging from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the role and the program.
  • Because most client programming happens during the day, we have a greater need for daytime volunteers.
  • Evening and weekend opportunities are limited.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply.
  • Many factors are considered when matching volunteers to a role, including your availability, interests, and skills and how they match to our current available opportunities.
  • Because many of our opportunities offer interactions with clients, it is important that our volunteers be able to follow, give directions and to express oneself clearly and concisely in the English language. Additional languages are an asset.
  • All new volunteers attend an orientation session, and OCTC staff will provide training and support.
  • Complimentary parking privileges are available to volunteers.
  • Opportunities do not include job shadowing, or internship like experiences.

As part of the selection process, you will be required to submit documents. Please note that having this information when you apply significantly expedites the application process (Any costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the applicant / volunteer except as noted);

Immunization status:

Proof of immunization to Measles, Mumps Rubella and Chicken Pox.  A Health Care Provider (family doctor, walk-in clinic, College / University Health Services) may assist with obtaining these requirements.

Tuberculosis Testing:

A 2-step tuberculosis skin test (2 injections, 2 examinations = 4 appointments), completed within the last 12 months. Candidates who test positive must submit the results of a negative chest x-ray report, completed within the last 5 years. A Health Care Provider (family doctor, walk in clinic, College / University Health Services) may assist you with obtaining these requirements.


You will be asked to provide the names of three (3) individuals who have known you personally or professionally for more than one year that we may contact. References must not be family relatives. Example: teacher, professor, supervisor, work colleague, customer/client, volunteer leaders, coach, etc.

Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector:

An existing ORIGINAL Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector completed within the last six months can be accepted. At the interview stage, OCTC provides a letter to accepted candidates in order to waive the fee.  Should you choose to pay for the express police records check, OCTC will not be able to reimburse.  For more details on Police Records Checks, go to Ottawa Police Services.

Questions? Need more info? Please call 613-737-2279 or write to



Every day, OCTC volunteers make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Two volunteers, Jacob-Emmanuel Doyle and Glen Russell, got together to create this showcase of the impact that they and more than 140 OCTC volunteers are making to help the centre further its mission. Watch the video here.

Volunteer Vimeo