Candlelighters provides financial assistance in time of need.

Having a critically ill child can be a tremendous financial burden. Candlelighters covers all parking costs during treatment stays. For cancer patients and survivors, Candlelighters offers a post-secondary education bursary.

When your child is literally fighting for their life, often the financial and socio-economic impact on your family can be devastating.

Candlelighters helps with:


  • Candlelighters provides two bursaries every year of $1,000 to eligible members to pursue a post-secondary education.
  • New process for applications coming in 2019
    • Bursary Eligibility
      1. You must have been treated for some form of childhood cancer, or still be on treatment.
      2. Your family is a 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 23.
      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.
    • If you meet the required bursary eligibility, please get-in-contact with the office to get the application process started

Gas Cards:

  • Candlelighters provides $200 in gas cards to help out with frequent hospital trips and travel when your child is newly diagnosed with cancer.

Patient Amenities:

  • Candlelighters provides financial assistance when other funds are not available in a crisis situation.

Journey Forward Packages:

  • Candlelighters provides $200 in various gift cards three months, six months and one year post diagnosis to help families through difficult times.

Parking Program:

  • Candlelighters covers your out of pocket parking costs when your child is treated in Eastern Ontario or when you travel.

Tori’s Helping Hand:

  • Tori’s Helping Hand is a Candlelighters program that provides funding for families coping with palliative care for their child. Funds are available for travel to other treatment centres. The fund is also applicable for families dealing with bereavement.

Your Donation allows Candlelighters to financially support patients and their families.