For years, OPACC has been a leader in advocating for reduced hospital parking rates for parents of children with cancer. We have been interviewed by various media outlets (including the CBC) about this topic, as well as have been consulted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to inform their hospital parking policy that came into effect in 2016.
We are now pleased to be able to offer this additional program to help families! Please read through the details below.
Which passes are eligible for reimbursement?
5-use H-PASS (or equivalent); you can submit other types of passes but please be aware that we are only able to reimburse up to $50. For example, if you submit a receipt totaling $100, we will only be able to reimburse $50. If your pass is less than $50 we will reimburse for the amount of the pass only. With further funding, we hope to be able to remove that limit in the future!
Can OPACC purchase and distribute parking passes?
Only parents with patient parent identification are generally able to purchase H-Passes (reduced rate parking passes for parents). OPACC cannot purchase them on behalf of parents.
How do I get my reimbursement?
Two easy steps:
1. Submit the form below, and
2. Submit your receipt (ideally it looks like the pictured example above). Scan it or take a clear photo of it and email it to email@example.com
How often can I receive a reimbursement?
Only once per patient, per year. A "year" is defined NOT as a calendar year, but 12 months from the last time you received a reimbursement (i.e. if you received a reimbursement in April 2018, you cannot get another one until April 2019). You cannot submit for multiple locations (for example, if your child is treated at SickKids AND at CVH); you must select one. With further funding, we hope to be able to remove that limit in the future!
When will I be reimbursed?
You will receive an e-transfer to the email address entered in the form below typically within 48 hours (longer if submitted over weekends and holidays).
Can I be reimbursed for parking outside of the hospital?
No, this is for hospital parking only in order to ensure accountability that the funds are being used solely for their intended purpose.
Can I get the money to buy the pass first and then send the receipt?
No. In order to ensure accountability that the funds are being used solely for their intended purpose, we need to see the proof of purchase of the parking pass first before issuing the reimbursement.
Where can I find more information on hospital parking?
- Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) (Ottawa)
- Kingston General Hospital (KGH)
- London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) (London)
- McMaster Children's Hospital (Mac) (Hamilton)
- The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) (Toronto)
- Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) (Mississauga)
- Grand River Hospital (Kitchener)
- Rouge Valley Centenary (Scarborough)
- Northeast Cancer Centre (Sudbury)
- Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (Orillia)
- Peterborough Regional Health Centre (Peterborough)
- Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket)
- Windsor Regional Hospital (Windsor)
How can I help OPACC get more funding for this program?
Please read the "Program Sponsors" section below for more information on how you can help!
Since launching the program in 2017, OPACC has provided $5,190 (and counting!) in reimbursements to families for hospital parking passes!
How You Can Help
If you would like to donate to this fund, please select "Hospital parking fund" from the list of available funds when making your donation below. Thank you!
We are looking for more sponsors for this program! Hospital parking costs are a huge and unavoidable expense for families, who have no choice but to be at the hospital every single day while their child is a hospital patient. If you know of a funder or business that would like to make a big impact in directly helping childhood cancer families by sponsoring this program on an ongoing basis to ensure its long-term sustainability, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Corporate sponsors would receive generous donor recognition, as outlined on our Corporate page. We are very grateful for all of our sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible! Please help us spread the word by downloading and sharing the infographic below with potential funders. Thank you!
The OPACC Hospital Parking Fund was initially established through a generous donation from Catarino House (2017):
Additional funding for the expansion of the program was provided by the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (2018):
Additional funding for the program was provided by The George Lunan Foundation (2020):