Spinal Cord Injury Associations and Organizations spread far and wide across Ontario and Canada to support research, rehabilitation, and education for individuals and families that have been affected by an injury.
Below you will find some of the top spinal cord injury associations that serve the Kingston & Ottawa areas, as well as the province and country as a whole. Similar to our brain injury associations page, we also reached out for contributions and we thank all those who replied!
List of Associations:
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
- Spinal Cord Injury Canada
- Canadian Spinal Research Organization
- Rick Hansen Institute
- Support in Motion
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario was founded in 1945 by veterans who had spinal cord injuries themselves. Our mission is to assist people to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. We champion excellence in service, advocacy and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries. SCI Ontario serves 16 regions across Ontario to meet individuals' needs in their local communities.
SCI Ontario is an ongoing, lifelong resource for people with spinal cord injuries, their friends, families and service providers. We provide specific and individualized services through our core programs and services: membership, regional services, peer support, public policy, information services, knowledge enterprise, SCI alliance networks, advocacy, as well as employment and attendant services (in the Greater Toronto Area).
SCI Ontario's annual report won the Volunteer Sector Reporting Award from Queen's University School of Business and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario for three years in a row. The award recognizes Ontario's best nonprofit Annual Reports.
Individuals can become a member for just $10.
- There are many ways to get involved on the " How to Get Involved" page.
- Outspoken, is a free magazine for members of SCI Ontario.
- A free Newsletter, The FYI on SCI is available here.
- SCI Ontario's Events Calendar is available here.
Contact Information – Kingston
P.O. Box 20105
Kingston, ON, K7P 2T6
Toll Free: 1-866-220-7539
Contact Information – Ottawa
720 Belfast Rd Suite 104
Ottawa, ON, K1G 0Z5
Toll Free: 1-888-723-1033
Spinal Cord Injury Canada
Formerly the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Spinal Cord Injury Canada has been providing support to injured individuals and their families for over 65 years. The association provides counseling, information & education, as well as advocacy programs.
Spinal Cord Injury Canada also closely coordinates with its provincial divisions to support programs and events all across the country.
- The website lists both national and provincial spinal cord injury events.
130 Albert Street, Suite 512
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4
Canadian Spinal Research Organization
The Canadian Spinal Research Organization is a charitable organization that supports medical and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by spinal cord injuries.
The organization also advocates public awareness and prevention programs, including involvement in the Shoot For A Cure and Play It Cool programs that are rooted in Canada's hockey community.
- The CSRO Events Calendar is available here.
- The website includes an extensive list of SCI research and community information.
120 Newkirk Road, Unit 2
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9S7
Toll Free: 1-800-361-4004
Rick Hansen Institute
The Rick Hansen Institute is a not-for-profit organization that supports the growth of spinal cord injury treatments and discoveries across Canada. This is accomplished through preclinical research support, knowledge and advocacy programs, medical device and therapeutic industry investments, and much more. It is a spin-off of the Rick Hansen Foundation.
The institute is located at Vancouver's Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, which is the home to over 300 spinal cord injury professionals and specialists across a number of organizations.
- The RHI Newsletter includes updates on projects, events, and clinical & research news.
- A number of publications are available including videos, and inspirational stories.
6400 – 818 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Support in Motion
Support in Motion provides rehabilitation services for children and youth affected by spinal cord injuries in Ontario. As a charitable organization, Support in Motion raises funds for care and treatment.
The organization also advocates for improvements in Ontario's health care system to support children and youth in the province that require care and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries.
- An Events page provides news and updates for Support in Motion's fundraisers & galas.
1186 Priory Court
Oakville, ON, L6M 1B6