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Due to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting any new applications for volunteer positions.

Volunteers at Niagara Health

Application process

Volunteer Resources is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for our patients and their families. To achieve this goal, we use standardized screening that aims to successfully match an applicant’s skills and interest with the requirements of available positions.  The following is the process for applying to a volunteer position. Through this process there will be some costs incurred by the applicant. The hospital does not reimburse any costs or fees associated in the process. The process may take up to six to eight weeks, depending on availability and immunization status.

To become a volunteer, you must: 

Adult Process

  • Be 18 years of age or older and not a enrolled in school
  • Submit an application online or in-person at the hospital of your choice
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Commit to a minimum of 75 hours

Once approved, you must:

  • Submit two letters of reference or two non-familial references  
  • Submit a Police Criminal Record Check Download form
  • Submit a completed Medical Form (CDSP)
  • Attend a hospital orientation session
  • Attend training specific to the position you receive
  • Complete a probationary period

Click here to apply now    Adult Application

Student Process

High School and Post-Secondary 

Submit an application online or in-person during the following application windows:

High School

May 1 to June 30 for September to June placement


May 1 to June 30 for a September to May placement

January 1 to February 28 for a May to August placement

To become a volunteer you must

Click here to apply now    Student Application

Student Volunteers

We are looking for students who have:

  • strong communication skills
  • previous experience in helping people
  • demonstrate a professional appearance
  • an interest in healthcare
  • reliable and dependable
  • completion of NH volunteer application, cover letter and resume
  • demonstrate a commitment to Niagara Health's Purpose, Vision and Values
  • submit a Police Criminal Record Check (18+) (Download form)

High School Students (year round)

Applications accepted from May 1-June 30 for September to June placements.

Applicants must:

  • be in Grade 11 or above
  • commit to a consistent weekly shift of three to four hours for the duration of the school year (Please note: hours earned will exceed the 40-hour minimum required for graduation)
  • submit an application online
  • submit a Police Criminal Record Check (18+) (Download form)
  • complete medical form (Download form)
  • attend an interview during the summer months
  • attend an orientation session on a Saturday in mid-September at the St. Catharines Site
  • be available to start a placement the first week of October

High School Co-op Students

Secondary School Co-op Students must speak to the co-op teacher or guidance counsellor about applying through the Central Placement Office. Volunteer Resources provides a list and description of co-op placements throughout Niagara Health and interviews are scheduled through the co-op teacher only.  Applications are accepted in early September and early February.

Post-Secondary Students

Applications are only accepted between May 1 to June 30 for a September to May placement OR January 1 to February 29 for a May to August placement. Please indicate which time of year you are applying for directly on your application form. All student volunteers must commit to one two to three hour shift on the same day and time each week for a minimum of 75 hours. No forms or references will be completed prior to completion of 75 hours.

All of the required forms can be found here. Please send your information to


Please note: For all Internships, Post-Secondary School Co-op and/or Student Placements and Job Shadowing requests, please visit Student Resources for more information.

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