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Scotiabank donates $700,000 to Women’s College Hospital for the establishment of a Compassionate Fund for the Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic and in support of the Women’s Virtual Program

March 4, 2021

Scotiabank has donated $700,000 to Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) to support two revolutionary initiatives that drive equitable and accessible healthcare for Canadians.

Scotiabank’s donation will contribute to the Women’s Virtual Program, Women’s College Hospital’s and Canada’s first virtual hospital that launched in November 2019. Scotiabank’s donation will be used to accelerate care capabilities and programs including virtual care services and virtual and video visits.

In addition, Scotiabank’s donation will help to create the Crossroads Compassionate Fund, within the Crossroads Clinic. Founded in 2011 at Women’s College Hospital, Crossroads continues to be Toronto’s first and only hospital-based health clinic exclusively serving the complex needs of refugees that have recently arrived in Canada.

The Crossroads Compassionate Fund will assist underserved patients and provide support for expenses that are not covered by government or that are necessary in accessing extra services such as childcare or transportation.

“Canadians have always prioritized the need for access to healthcare and the pandemic has further underscored the importance of equal access for everyone,” says Meigan Terry, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Social Impact and Sustainability at Scotiabank. “With this donation, Scotiabank is helping to deliver compassionate and equitable healthcare access, including targeted services for vulnerable populations like refugees and recent immigrants. We are proud to support Women’s College Hospital in reducing health inequalities – for every future.”

Scotiabank’s donation represents the Bank’s commitment to broadening healthcare access for all Canadians and bridging the digital divide for vulnerable populations, helping to build a better and more equitable world.

“We are so grateful to celebrate Scotiabank’s gift to Women’s College Hospital and their commitment to removing barriers to care and recovery for underserved populations,” says Jennifer Bernard, President and CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation. “There is no doubt that the pandemic has revealed systemic inequities and gaps in our healthcare system that disproportionately impact women, our seniors, racialized groups, the under-housed, newcomers and refugees.

We are proud and honoured that Scotiabank shares our goal that by caring for and designing a healthcare system that focuses on the margins, we create a healthcare system that serves everyone. We thank Scotiabank for its commitment to building a healthier, more equitable world,” comments Bernard.