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5850/5980 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Volunteer Program

IWK Health has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  

In the best interest of the patients and families we serve, and of course our volunteers and members of the public, the difficult decision has been made to suspend all volunteer involvement at the IWK effective immediately (at all locations).

In addition to this, the Volunteer Resources office will be closed until further notice.



Volunteer Resources will be in touch with all volunteers once we have information about returning to the Health Centre


If you have a completed application form, please mail it to:

ATTN: Volunteer Resources
5890/5980 University Avenue
PO Box 9700
Halifax, NS  B3K 6R8

*PLEASE NOTE: application drop offs will not be accepted in person during this time



We very much appreciate everyone's kind thoughts and generosity but given the current situation, visitor restrictions and state of emergency we are unable to accept in person donations at this time.  We look forward to when these restrictions are lifted and we are able to welcome them once more.

*If you are looking for a way to contribute knitted items to our patients and families after our restrictions lift, we encourage you to refer to our sample pattern for baby hats here:


Our goal is to minimize potential exposure to as many people as possible for the community at large, while continuing to provide our patients and families the same quality care and we thank you for your patience and support.


If you have any further questions or concerns, you can email Emails will be checked daily.




Volunteer Programs

Volunteers are critical to the work we do at the IWK. Each year hundreds of volunteers play a key role in our efforts to provide the best care to Maritime women, children, youth, and families. Volunteers can be found in almost every area of the Health Centre, providing direct assistance to staff, patients, and families, and offering support when necessary.

Core Program

The Core Program offers adults and post-secondary students the opportunity to volunteer from September to June.

IWK Health Centre Volunteer Application Form

Summer Program

The Summer Program offers junior high & high school students the opportunity to volunteer in July and August. Applicants must be at least 14 years old by June 30th in order to apply. Applications for the Summer Program are available mid-January by contacting us at Deadline to apply is April 1st.

Co-operative Education Program

The IWK supports high school students with supervised out-of-school learning opportunities, and the occasion to earn credits while assisting students in making career decisions. Placements are offered in September only. Interested students should contact the Co-op department in their school for more information.

Program Requirements

This is what you need to know:

  • A minimum once per week shift is required for a period of at least 8 months. This will be scheduled for the same day and time each week and will range from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the role.
  • Because most patient programming happens during the day, we have a greater need for daytime volunteers.
  • Evening and weekend opportunities are limited.
  • Not all listed opportunities are available to students in the Summer Program.
  • Many factors are considered when matching volunteers to a placement. These include availability, interests, skills, and how they match to available opportunities.
  • Because many of our placements offer interactions with clients, it is important that our volunteers be able to follow and give direction, and to express oneself clearly and concisely in the English language. Additional languages are an asset.
  • All new volunteers must complete a health centre orientation. Staff in placement areas provide additional training and support.
  • Complimentary parking privileges are available for volunteer shifts.
  • Opportunities do not include job shadowing experiences.

As an applicant, please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Two complete reference check forms. These can be found here. (link)
  • A current resume/cv.
  • Immunization status: vaccination record showing two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or proof of immunity to the mumps through a blood test. A health care provider (family doctor, walk-in clinic, university/college health services) may assist in obtaining this requirement.

If you are accepted as a volunteer at the IWK you will be required to complete and submit the following:

  • A child abuse register check through the Department of Community Services.
  • A criminal record check and, depending on your area of placement, vulnerable sector check. Once accepted as an IWK volunteer, we will provide you with a letter to receive these checks at a discounted rate.

Contact Us

IWK Volunteer Resources
5850/5980 University Avenue
PO Box 9700
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 6R8

Phone: 902.470.6692
Fax: 902.470.8990

***A high volume of emails and voice mail messages are received each day. We appreciate your patience and understanding if there is a delay in our response.