Ontario Initiatives

Over the past thirty years, health education programs have undergone a shift in attitude and disciplinary culture in the attempt to balance health education’s emphasis on scientific knowledge with the so-called “softer” skills of communication, interpretation, and observation honed by the humanistic disciplines. In Fall 2014, Canada’s very first undergraduate Health Humanities curriculum was launched at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

The ART for Cancer Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of people living with cancer by providing an outlet for creative expression through the arts. This charity offers free creative programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area, to people living with cancer, the patient, their families and care providers. 

For more information, visit: www.artforcancerfoundation.org/


Art With Impact promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media.  AWI is committed to a future where artists are revered as cultural icons of courage and change, enabling young people to communicate freely and fearlessly about their mental health.

Artists without Barriers (formerly known as the Laser Eagles Art Guild) is an artist collective run by and for artists living with communication or mobility-related dis/Abilities and their supporters. The studio spaces are equipped with visual interpreters or ‘scribes’ who work closely with artists by carefully following their guidance and direction throughout the creative process.

Arts and Minds is a program of Covenant House Toronto.  It is an interactive and dynamic program offered for all youth who access our Crisis Shelter, Rights of Passages, or Community Supports Services programs. Arts and Minds is open to youth of all abilities, needs, talents, and aspirations.  

The University of Ottawa has several organized humanities activities for students to participate in such as Arts in Medicine interest group, the medical student choir and the Medicine in Humanities certificate program. In addition, students can choose do their own humanities centered projects as summer projects.