Employee Assistance Programs
Many employers provide their employees (and sometimes their family members) with access to counselling services. There is typically information available from Human Resources departments.
Many employers offer access to social work, psychology, psychotherapy, or other services as part of their extended health benefits. These benefits may require a doctor’s referral. The details can be found in the benefits booklet.
Family Health Teams
For people who receive care from a family health team (such as Grandview Medical or Two Rivers Family Health Team) there is often a social worker or counselling available to provide support. Contact their office to learn more.
HopeSpring offers cancer care counselling to people experiencing cancer and their loved ones. Services can be requested by calling 519-742-4673 or completing a referral form on the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre Home Page.
Individual and family counselling for people who are living with a life threatening illness. Groups and supports for bereavement are also provided.
Community Counselling Agencies
These counselling agencies provide free counselling for people who receive Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. They also offer some subsidized rates for people where the cost would be prohibitive.
|Carizon Family and Community Services||519-743-6333|
|Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge & North Dumfries||519-621-5090|
|Interfaith Community Counselling Centre||519-662-3092|
|KW Counselling Services||519-884-0000|
|Lutherwood Family Counselling Services||519-662-1670|
|Woolwich Counselling Centre||519-669-8651|
PsychologyToday provides a listing of counsellors that offer service privately. Each will have their own rates, availability, and specializations.
Crisis support and access to mental health and addiction services.
|Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region||519-603-0196||Peer support for individuals and families grieving the death of a loved one.|
|The Coping Centre||519-650-0852||Education and support for people who have lost a loved one.|
|Hospice of Waterloo Region||519-743-4114||Individual, family, and group programs for people affected by a life threatening illness.|
|Hummingbird Centre for Hope||519-500-8535||Support for young widowed parents.|
|New Beginnings (Rockway Centre)||519-741-2200||Grief support for widowed people aged 50+|
|Erb and Good Family Funeral Home||519-745-2195||Counselling for people who are grieving.|
|Henry Walser Funeral Home||519-749-8467||Support group and one to one support for people who are bereaved.|
|Dignity Memorial - Grief Library||519-623-1290||Counselling for people who have lost loved ones.|
|Self Help Alliance||519-623-6024||Peer groups on a variety of topics.|
|Here 24/7||844-437-3247||Crisis support and access to mental health and addiction services.|
Wellbeing and Support Services
Cancer care counselling, peer groups, complimentary therapies (yoga, Tai Chi), educational programs, fabric caps/wigs/post-mastectomy camisoles, and many other supports to people whose lives are affected by cancer.
Informational, emotional support, meditation, workshops, practical, and other supports for people with cancer.
Hospice of Waterloo Region provides a wide variety of programs and services in the community and at the Hospice Family Centre. These programs and services are designed to help and support individuals who are living with a life threatening illness, their families, and their care providers. These include volunteer visiting, day away programs, complimentary therapies, transportation, hair salon, vigiling, legacy activities, counselling, and bereavement support.
Support connecting to services and resources for people with cancer.
Cancer specific societies:
Legal/Power of Attorney
The Law Society of Ontario’s referral service – connecting people looking for legal assistance to a lawyer or paralegal. Will provide the contact information for a free 30-minute consultation to help you determine your rights, options, and next steps.
Support with criminal, mental health, and family legal issues.
Instructions and forms to complete a Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Care provided by the Government of Ontario.
Free legal advice for people who can’t afford a lawyer for Power of Attorneys, consumer protection, housing, employment, or other civil issues.
Local community legal clinic provided support for tenancy issues, social assistance, employment, immigration, and more.
Small buses to transport people with impaired mobility within Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. The fare is the same as Grand River Transit conventional busses.
Local transit system with a number of stops and routes near Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
Local taxi company serving Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.
Small buses to transport people who are 65+, CNIB registered, physically disabled, developmentally disabled, or have a temporary disability that affects mobility who reside in Wellesley, Wilmot, or Woolwich townships. Tickets and monthly passes available.
Short-term help to cover some costs for lower-income people travelling for cancer treatments. Application form online; requires a form from a healthcare professional.
Volunteer drivers help with transportation to medical appointments and hospice programs for palliative clients of Hospice of Waterloo Region.
Coordinating discharge from hospital inpatient or emergency department stays for older adults including transportation home, help getting settled (meals, picking up prescriptions and groceries), and connecting to further supports.
1-800-959-8281 (Canada Revenue Agency)
Transportation costs to medical appointments may be eligible for a tax credit on your yearly tax return.
International Agency for Research on Cancer - Cancer Today (Data visualization tools for exploring the global cancer burden in 2020)
Drug discount card that works on the medications of specific manufacturers.
Extended Health Benefits
Your employer or that of a family member may provide coverage for prescription medications. On some occasions there are extra authorizations forms required for certain medications.
For households who spend more than about 4% of after-tax income on prescription drug costs Trillium can provide coverage of many medications.
Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program
For people who receive these social assistance programs drug coverage is included. Provide your pharmacy your health card.
People 24 years and under who have OHIP coverage and are not covered by a private health plan have access to prescription drug coverage.
For residents of Canada who are a First Nations person registered under the Indian Act, an Inuk recognized by an Inuit land claim organization, or a child less than 18 months whose parent is one of those may be eligible for medication coverage.
1-800-959-8281 (Canada Revenue Agency)
Prescription medications may be eligible for a tax credit on your yearly tax return.
Short/Long Term Disability
Many employers offer short or long-term disability benefits which can be accessed if an employee is unable to work.
Income support for people who are unable to work for medical reasons.
Income support for people caring for someone who is critically ill or requiring end-of-life care.
Monthly payment for people under 65 who have contributed to CPP and have a mental or physical disability that regularly stops you from doing any type of substantially gainful work that is long-term and of indefinite duration, or likely to result in death.
519-883-2100 (Cambridge Intake)
Income support and employment support for Ontario residents who do not have enough money to cover living expenses. Includes health benefits.
Income support and employment support for Ontario residents who have a disability and financial need. Includes health benefits.