March 16, 2020 – Important Message for Candlelighters Member Families,

I understand these are extremely trying times with much uncertainty around the ever evolving COVID – 19 situation.

We have implemented Social Distancing Practices at the Candlelighters office and as such, our staff are working from home as much as possible. PLEASE NOTE – we will continue to provide programs and services where possible.

The following program changes are in effect immediately:

  • All upcoming On Treatment and Off Treatment Parent Support Drop-Ins are cancelled until further notice
  • 18+ Drop-Ins are cancelled until further notice
  • All YSI activities have been put on hold until further notice
  • All Suite Seats events are cancelled until further notice

Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you require parking pass updates etc., or if you have any questions.

Jocelyn Lamont ~ Executive Director (
Tricia Ross ~ Program Coordinator (
Jason Campbell ~ Community Development Coordinator (

Check our website and social media platforms for updates!

Thank you.


Jocelyn Lamont
Executive Director

In order to be a Candlelighters member, you must be referred through the treatment hospital – usually by an Interlink Nurse or Social Worker.  Membership is open to any family of a child – newborn to 18 years of age at the time of diagnosis – being treated here in the National Capital Region.

Only member families are eligible for Candlelighters programs and services. Membership renewal is required on a year to year basis.

Candlelighters – Membership Form

Complete the Membership Form 2020 below and return to Candlelighters to maintain your membership

Membership Form 2020 (Fillable PDF)

Financial Support

Candlelighters provides two bursaries every year to eligible members to pursue a post-secondary education.

Bursary Eligibility

  1. You must have been treated for some form of childhood cancer, or still be on treatment.
  2. Your family is a current member family of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs Inc.
  3. You are a Canadian Citizen or a landed immigrant.
  4. You are between the ages of 17 and 25.
  5. You are only eligible to be awarded this bursary once in the course of your post secondary studies. You are, however, eligible to apply more than once.

Candlelighters Bursary Deadline is March 31st. All hard copies of the application need to be in our office by 3pm Tuesday, March 31st & all electronic applications need to be received by midnight Tuesday, March 31st to be eligible for the bursary. No late entries will be considered.

If you meet the required bursary eligibility, please contact the program coordinator Program Coordinator to get the application process started.

Financial Assistance Application Form

Survivor Support

YSI – Youth Survivor Initiative

YSI is a program for Candlelighters members aged 13-18 who have been off treatment for a minimum of 1 year. The group provides teenage survivors with an opportunity to connect in a social setting. The YSI Program runs September to June with a variety of events planned throughout the year. Participants in the program help decide what activities are planned and every effort is made to include everyone.