Niagara Ostomy Association

Supporting People with Ostomies in the Niagara Region

Find Support

This program is offered to support individuals and families who are new to the concept of living life with an ostomy by providing:

The program provides a trained and certified group of volunteer, veteran visitors who help persons who have or will have an ostomy. This includes colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Family members, caregivers or parents are included.

To request a visit/phone call please contact us by:

Phone #905-321-2799 (confidential voice mail)

Email (confidential email)

Your request will be directed to the Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will:

Arrangements will be made to meet either in person/virtually (electronically), by phone or by email.

Ask the NSWOC

What is an NSWOC Nurse?

Nurses Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) represents over 500 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence across Canada. NSWOCC advocates for the highest quality of specialized wound, ostomy and continence nursing to individuals requiring wound, ostomy and continence care. A Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program. Recognized as Nurses who have specialized training in wound, ostomy and continence by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence are the ONLY nursing specialty with CNA certification in wound, ostomy and continence care (WOCC(C)). From acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, community, long-term care and in independent practice, an NSWOC provides specialized holistic assessment and management as an interprofessional team member to meet the needs of individuals/families with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems.

Canadian Disability Tax Credit (Canada Revenue Agency)

The Canadian Disability Tax Credit can help people living with an ostomy to reduce the income tax they, their partner or dependant may have to pay. To learn more, scroll down to watch this webinar:  Canadian Ostomy Reimbursement and the Disability Tax Credit – February 4, 2020

You can pick up the required T2201 form at your local Service Canada office, or download it at the CRA website link

Ontario Grant for Funding Ostomy Supplies
(Assistive Devices Program)

This program provides a grant to help fund ostomy supplies for qualified applicants.  For more information go to:

Would you like a visit from a trained visitor?

If you wish to request a visit by a Trained Visitor please contact us. Your request will be directed to our program coordinator. The coordinator will call you to get information that will help determine which volunteers are best suited to make the visit (e.g. gender, age, type of ostomy). They will also ask you if your spouse or significant other may wish to speak with a volunteer about their concerns.