To become a volunteer at KGH, you must first complete the application process. Through this process, if we determine that KGH is a good match to your skills, interests and time availability, we will help you select a placement and will arrange training for you.
1) Application and Reference Check Form (two required):
Important Note: while we accept applications year-round, there are special circumstances and application deadlines for some students. Check the list below to see if you meet any of these restrictions before you start the application process. All others can proceed to Step 1).
- If you are a post-secondary student whose commitment is limited to the fall/winter school term or the spring/summer term, click here for application deadline details.
- If you are in grade 11, 12 or your fifth or returning year, click here for more details.
- If you would like more information about our summer program for high school students of all grades, click here
Once you have submitted your application form and we have received two confidential references, we will contact you to arrange an interview. At this time we can answer your questions and talk about your experience, interests, goals and availability/schedule.
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 General Hospital 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.