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Who we are ?

NovaCare is a non-profit health and  wellness centre located at Thunder Bay, Ontario. Our vision is to optimize the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors in northwestern Ontario including remote indigenous community in our region.


A cancer survivor is defined to be anyone who is touched by cancer, including patients, families, friends, and caregivers.
NovaCare is a multidisciplinary team working to improve outcomes for cancer survivors. We work with health professionals, survivors, community organizations and volunteers to improve outcomes for survivors.



Unique centre in Northwestern Ontario

Currently more than 1 million Canadian are living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis. This is due to advances in early detection, better treatments and ageing of the population. Many of these people go on to lead normal if not extraordinary lives, while for some cancer has a lasting impact. This can include ongoing side effects of treatment, fear of a cancer relapse or other physical, emotional, financial and social concerns.
In the past, cancer care has focused on diagnosis and treatment. However, international research shows it is just as important to help cancer survivors cope with life beyond their acute treatment. It is important that survivors receive the right information and support at the right time.
We recognise ‘cancer survivors’ as people who have been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life. Cancer can also have a lasting impact on family members, friends, and caregivers of survivors

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Mission, Vision and Goals


To create the client- and family-centred programs to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and educational needs of cancer survivors and to deliver those programs to people in Northwestern Ontario.

Core Values & Vision:

NovaCare Health is the model of excellence and research-based care delivered to support cancer survivorship. At NovaCare, we value Empowerment, Compassion, Family, and the Individual.


  1. To use research-based care to support cancer survivorship.

  2. To develop diverse programs and to continuously improve those existing in the community.

  3. To remain culturally-aware and respond to the needs of the client and their family.

  4. To foster social accountability and match our delivery of services to the uniqueness of the residents and the communities of Northwestern Ontario.

  5. To maintain a sustainable funding base, which reduces barriers to accessing care.