Canadian Medical Association

Volunteering as a medical student to help health care workers dealing with COVID-19

Students at several Canadian medical schools have volunteered to help health care workers and members of their community who are currently dealing with COVID-19, by running errands, helping with child care and getting groceries. 

Here are some of the ways students can volunteer, by school:

University of British Columbia

Medical students have put together a system to connect individuals needing assistance with COVID-related projects to MD students who would best suit their needs.

University of Calgary

Students looking to volunteer can register at the COVID-19 volunteer support website to be matched with a member of their community in need.

University of Manitoba

A list of available volunteer opportunities for medical students, along with directions for how to sign up, is available here.

University of Toronto

Medical students can sign up to volunteer using an online form, while health care providers can fill out another form to ask for help.

McMaster University

A form is available for both medical students looking to volunteer and health care workers looking for support. 

Queen’s University

Health care workers in need of support can complete a form to be matched with a medical student volunteer.

Western University

Medical students interested in volunteering can sign up online.

University of Ottawa

Medical students interested in volunteering can browse the list of opportunities here.

McGill University

A form is available for students looking to volunteer.

Dalhousie University

Medical students looking to volunteer or health care workers in need of help can email

This list is being updated regularly. If you know of other volunteer opportunities, please contact the CMA Member Service Centre at or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

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