Ensuring equitable access to healthcare in British Columbia

Hope Air works tirelessly to ensure equitable access to health care for people in need by providing free travel supports for those who must leave their home communities to access specialized medical care.
With your support we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that where you live should not determine if you live, acknowledging that every B.C. resident deserves timely and effective equal access to health care, regardless of distance or income level.

Katrin and Siyam’s world was turned upside down when Siyam was diagnosed with cancer. Katrin feared they might have to leave their hometown to access care. Though Golden, BC is a quiet and peaceful town that Katrin says supports her son’s health, Siyam’s chemotherapy treatments could only be received in Vancouver.

Thanks to Hope Air they were able to reach lifesaving treatment and help Siyam grow stronger while staying connected to their home community.

No patient left behind

Inequality in healthcare access is a major problem affecting communities across the province and the need for Hope Air’s services has never been greater. With the support of the Government of British Columbia, donors and partners, Hope Air is meeting the soaring demand for medical travel programs for people who live in rural and remote communities.
Last year, in British Columbia alone, Hope Air fulfilled 14,132 travel arrangements for patients, supporting hundreds of families and individuals across 196 communities. Over one million people in British Columbia live far from specialty medical care provided by leading hospitals.

Together, we can support better health and stronger communities by making sure no patient gets left behind.

Hope Air Day

Join us as we mark Hope Air Day in British Columbia with a special event in Prince George On June 17th. Hope Air Day is designed to unite the residents of British Columbia and its elected officials, corporations and key stakeholders, on the issue of equitable access to health care. Together we will celebrate the role Hope Air plays in connecting patients to medical care far from home with the long-standing support of our partners that fuel our mission. These include the Government of British Columbia, corporate, foundation and individual donors, volunteers and airline and airport partners.

Special guests include Hope Air patients, volunteer pilots, municipal and provincial officials and industry leaders.
Join your city on June 17th to celebrate Hope Air Day:

Make hope take flight

Better Health. Reduced Poverty. Stronger Communities.

Better Health

Brittney, mother to Hope Air patient Atticus, Kelowna, British Columbia
“Hope Air has alleviated a lot of the challenges that come with planning to go to Vancouver. Going to Vancouver every month would put a huge financial strain on our lives.”

Reduced Poverty

Jennifer, Terrace, British Columbia
“It was scary to know I’d have to be so far away from home, all alone, battling this. I did not know about Hope Air at the start of my journey. I was on disability, and the stress of wondering how much all these flights were going to cost, did not help with all the other health stress.”

Stronger Communities

Lutrecia, Prince George, British Columbia
“Hope Air was able to give us piece of mind, we are seniors on a fixed income and would have come back and faced a lot of bills that we would have had a hard time paying.”

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful for the privilege of being on lands that these peoples have nurtured since time immemorial.

Hope Air Day proclaimed in Ontario on June 7, 2024
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