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Application process

To become a volunteer at the Kingston General Hospital site or Hotel Dieu Hospital site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre, you must first complete the application process. Through this process, if we determine that KHSC is a good match to your skills, interests and time availability, we will help you select a placement and will arrange training for you.  

Important Notes for high school students:

  • The minimum age to volunteer at the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital sites of KHSC is 16 years old.  If you are under the age of 16 and you are interested in volunteering in our community, we encourage you to visit the community volunteer database through KFL&A United Way to explore other options.  You can also visit this Volunteer Canada link that helps youth connect with opportunities in their communities.
  • The Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital sites of KHSC will not be offering the Youth Summer Volunteer Team or Elements of Health Care for high school students this year. Any active KHSC high school student volunteers and those who were involved in the summer of 2018 will be invited to contribute their time over the summer as part of our regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities.

Important Note for post-secondary school students:

1) Application and Reference Check Form (two required):


Adults, post-secondary students and high school students aged 16 years and older (see limitations/deadlines mentioned above): 


Ask your two references to complete this form and submit it directly to Volunteer Services.


All applicants will be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session.  If you would like to attend a session before you make a decision to apply, click here to register.

2) Information Session/Interview 

Once you have submitted your application form and we have received two confidential references, we will contact you to invite you to attend a Volunteer Information Session/Interview. At this time we can answer your questions and talk about your experience, interests, goals and availability/schedule.

3) Orientation

Following an interview, you will receive an invitation to attend hospital orientation where you will learn about corporate and departmental policies and procedures, including information about safety and security, infection control, confidentiality and privacy.

4) Criminal Reference Check and the vulnerable sector search

Out of respect for the safety of our patients and their families, we ask that you complete a criminal reference check as well as a vulnerable sector search. These can be obtained through the police service that serves the municipality you live in.  If you are asked to provide proof that we require a police records check with the vulnerable sector search as part of our selection process, email the Volunteer Services Coordinator to request a personalized letter. If you have completed a CRC/VSS within three months of your application submission, you do not need to repeat the process. 

The cost of a CRC/VSS is determined by your local police service. Kingston Health Sciences Centre can reimburse  you for this expense after you complete three months of consistent service. To be reimbursed please keep your original receipt. 

5) Health Screening

Following the interview, and prior to confirmation of a program and shift time assignment, you must submit the results of a negative two-­step tuberculosis (TB) test and provide proof of immunization. You will be provided with a medical form that your primary health care provider can complete. We encourage you to investigate no-­cost options for this expense. A request for reimbursement can be submitted after three months of consistent service.​