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I have just arrived to Toronto for treatment

The Regional Indigenous Patient Navigator supports navigation of patients and families in the cancer system who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis by either clinician or self-referral. This includes:

  • Supporting patients at clinic visits (attends with patient/family)
  • Accessing and provide spiritual and community supports
  • Assistance with applications for financial and transportation services

Who can help me with any questions I may have?

The Regional Indigenous Patient Navigator, Leonard Benoit, benoitl@smh.ca, 416-864-6060 x 2422, can assist you at any of these care sites:

If you reside outside of Toronto and need the help of an Indigenous Patient Navigator please click here to identify the person in your region.

Are there community support centres that I can get assistance from while in Toronto?

Read our Listing of Social Service Agencies Servicing First Nations, Inuit and Métis (PDF) document to learn about community support centres, including cultural activities and meeting with an Elder or Healer.

Is there transportation close to the hospital?

  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates buses, streetcars and subways through the City of Toronto.
  • For information on bus and subway routes throughout the Greater Toronto Area you can visit TTC.ca or call 416-393-4636 (416-393-info)
  • TTC prices and fare information
  • You can also contact the Canadian Cancer Society for transportation aid through the Wheels of Hope Program

How to get a hospital card

  • Visit the hospital where you have your appointment
  • Upon arriving at the hospital, you should register at the admissions office and have your hospital card made
  • You will need your health card (OHIP card), a piece of identification with your address on it (for example, driver's license)