Since 2016, BMO Financial Group has funded more than 1,500 travel arrangements to connect patients with medical care across Canada by supporting Hope Air. For these patients, better access to medical care made immediate impacts in their lives.
BMO believes that its success is connected to the well-being of the communities across Canada. BMO’s national presence and commitment to collaboration and learning makes it a natural fit for Hope Air, a unique charity.
“We’re proud to support Hope Air’s mission to provide Canadians equitable access to healthcare,” said James Kitamura, Regional President, Personal Banking, British Columbia and Yukon Region, BMO Bank of Montreal. “In times of medical need, navigating logistical and financial barriers can create additional burden on patients and families – particularly in smaller communities. At BMO, our Purpose is to Boldly Grow the Good in our communities and we hope the assurance of access to quality healthcare brings peace of mind to our customers and employees across the country.”
In addition to direct support, BMO amplifies the impact of its grants by sponsoring High Hopes for Hope Air events where business leaders and friends of Hope Air gather to raise donations for flights to healthcare for Canadians in financial need. To date, the events have raised enough funds to provide a remarkable 3,800+ travel arrangements to patients in need.
Rob, a Hope Air client who travelled from Timmins to Toronto for specialized prostate cancer treatment, shared his story at the High Hopes event in 2018. Watch Rob tell his story here.
“Thanks to the generosity of BMO, patients in need across Canada can receive help accessing medical care far from home. Cancer patients in remote communities and smaller cities have gained access to innovative treatments, children have received the highest-quality specialized care, and the people who care about them are reassured knowing the travel costs to access their care are fully covered,” said Mark Rubinstein, Hope Air CEO.
Ensuring equitable healthcare access across Canada empowers families to continue to live and work in smaller centres without compromising the quality of care they receive. The impact of BMO’s generosity resonates beyond patients who receive assistance and impacts their families, care teams and communities.