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How to Become a Volunteer

We are excited to have volunteers back at Mount Sinai after a lengthy pause due to the pandemic! The health and safety of our patients, visitors, volunteers and staff continues to be our priority. Opportunities to volunteer are limited to specific roles and we are currently recruiting for MAUVE and Music Volunteers. Learn more about these opportunities here.


To be a Mount Sinai Volunteer, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be fluent in English (any additional languages would be an asset)
  • Must have been residents in Canada for at least 12 months prior to applying
  • Possess excellent communication (written and verbal), active listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Be a representative of our purpose and values
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19


General Volunteer Program

A minimum of 6 months or more (1 shift – minimum of 3-4 hours per week)

Please note our greatest need for volunteers is weekdays during the day time. Volunteer opportunities on evenings and weekends are limited.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


MAUVE (Maximizing Aging Using Volunteer Engagement) volunteer opportunities are available Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (must commit to 1 shift per week). To provide companionship and additional function support to older patients in our inpatient units whose personal and social needs are not always met within the traditional fast-paced medical environment of the hospital. Primary responsibilities will be 1-to-1 bedside activities, mealtime assistance, documentation, and collaboration with the care team.

Please email Angel Lau or call 416-586-4800 ext. 7177 to learn more on how to apply.

Music Volunteer

We are looking for strong musical players (drum, violin, piano, guitar, and ukelele) to support our inpatient Psychiatry unit (Tuesday and/or Thursday, 2 - 3 p.m. - must commit to 1 shift per week) and MAUVE (Monday to Friday 2 - 3 p.m.) Music Program.

Please email Angel Lau or call 416-586-4800 ext. 7177 to learn more on how to apply.

What happens after I am accepted?

  1. Complete a Medical Form* with your family physician or at a walk-in clinic
    • All candidates must show proof of immunity to:
      • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • 2-Step TB Skin Test
      • Proof of vaccination for COVID-19

* Mount Sinai Hospital does not cover any costs associated with the health immunization process.

Please note, volunteers must be cleared by our Occupational Health team prior to their first volunteer session

  1. Complete documentation process
    1. Sign and date all mandatory documents
    2. Complete mandatory online training modules
  1. Attend an General Hospital Orientation session
  1. Receive a Photo ID Badge and volunteer uniform. Volunteer uniforms are purchased for $25.00 (non-refundable). Summer volunteers must wear T-Shirts which are purchased for $15.00 (non-refundable). Uniform and ID Badge must be worn while on duty
  1. Attend program-specific training with placement supervisor