Pledge your support for equitable access to healthcare in Ontario

Hope Air provides free medical travel supports for those who must leave their home communities to access specialized care.
With your support we can amplify our voices, advocate for change, and affirm our commitment to ensuring that where you live should not determine if you live, acknowledging that every Ontario resident deserves equal access to life-saving medical care.

Patients like Ivy who at just 25 weeks pregnant, gave birth to her baby girl, Elo. Being severely premature, Elo needed specialized care that wasn’t available in her hometown of Thunder Bay. But Ivy had no way of accessing that care without moving her family away from their support system.

Thanks to Hope Air she was able to reach her child’s vital medical appointments and help her grow stronger while staying connected to her home community.

No patient left behind

Inequality in healthcare access is a major problem affecting communities from coast to coast and the need for Hope Air’s services has never been greater.
Last year, in Ontario alone, Hope Air fulfilled 3,367 travel arrangements for patients, supporting hundreds of families and individuals across 75 communities throughout Ontario, 165% increase in patient demand for Hope Air medical travel programs compared to the previous year.

Over 1 million people reside in Northern Ontario and Windsor, far from specialty medical care such as Sick Kids Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. The medical travel expenses to travel for medical care far from home can exceed $2,000 per patient when including airfare, hotel, meals and ground transportation.

Together, we can support better health and stronger communities by making sure no patient gets left behind.
What would happen if Hope Air no longer existed in the province?

Hope Air Day

Join us as we mark Hope Air Day in Ontario with a special concert in Timmins. Hope Air Day is designed to unite the 800,000 residents of Northern Ontario and its elected officials, corporations and key stakeholders, around the issue of equitable access to health care.

We’ll mark the day with a VIP only show headlined by Northern Ontario’s own, Cory Marks: country star and pilot. Special guests include Hope Air patients, volunteer pilots, municipal and provincial officials and industry leaders.
Join your city on June 7th to celebrate Hope Air Day:

Make hope take flight

Better Health. Reduced Poverty. Stronger Communities.

Better Health

Rob, Timmins, Ontario
“For the first time the fact that we lived in this beautiful part of the world meant we were at a disadvantage. Flying me back and forth meant I could focus on my health and recovery. Today I’m in remission.”

Reduced Poverty

Heidi, mother to Hope Air Patient Zoe, Windsor, Ontario
“We go every 10 days. It’s very costly, you’re wearing down your vehicle and between the cost of hotels and fuel it quickly adds up. Without Hope Air, that is what we would have had to do to save our child’s life.”

Stronger Communities

Keisha, mother to Hope Air patient Dean, Timmins, Ontario
“I wasn’t sure how I would get Dean to treatment; flying was too expensive, and driving was taking a toll on us. It was becoming impossible, especially in the winter.”

Write to Your Elected Officials

We need your help to call or email your local MPP, telling them how important Hope Air is to northern communities, and that we need government funding now to support patient travel. By taking 10 minutes today, you will be ensuring that Hope Air will be there for your friends, family and neighbors, if travel for health care is needed.

Below is the list of MPP’s by provincial riding with email address and phone number:

If you live in a community not listed above, please contact your local MPP directly. Thank you for helping Hope Air help patients connect to health care. Thank you for ensuring that every patient can reach medical care regardless of distance and cost.

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.