About Starlight

Starlight Children’s Foundation® Canada has been dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families for over 30 years. In these times of COVID-19, we have quickly adapted and launched emergency response programs to continue to offer support during our children’s isolation. Focusing on the family as a whole, our mission is to bring joy, laughter, relief and a whole lot of smiles. Our large variety of in-hospital and outpatient programs help bring back some strength, hope and lost childhood by being that reliable and shining star in a dark and stormy sky.


What makes Starlight Canada unique is that we are there for the entire journey — from hospital to home.


While in-hospital, Starlight Canada gives kids a much-needed distraction from the stress and boredom of hospitalization. From toys to the latest technology to full-blown parties, we replace that fear and loneliness with fun and excitement! With more restrictions on hospital protocols during the pandemic, our newest Play From Hospital Program gives each child their own entertainment pack to assist with infection control. While out-of-hospital, we’re granting wishes of all sizes with our Day Brightener Wishes, Great Escapes® Wishes, Once In A Lifetime Wishes, and most recently, our Play From Home Programs, to make sure Starlight families always have a reason to believe in magic.

In-Hospital Programs

No one wants to be in the hospital, but it’s even harder when you’re a kid who just wants to have fun. Each day, week and month spent in the hospital means more missed school days, play dates and care-free childhood experiences. While doctors and nurses focus on treatments, Starlight is here to make sure hospitalized kids have the chance to be just that – a kid.

With a variety of in-hospital programs, Starlight offers distraction, relief and fun for sick kids who may be nervously awaiting needles or feeling lonely in their room. From activity kits and interactive gaming stations to toy-filled playrooms, we bring the sparkle and smiles to the hospital to help support every kid through their stay!

  • Starlight Comfort Kits
  • Starlight Treasure Chests
  • Starlight Fun Center®
  • Starlight Tablet Program
  • Starlight Sites
  • Starlight Hospital Happenings
  • Starlight WARD+ROBES®

Out-of-Hospital Programs

Just because a seriously ill child leaves the hospital, it doesn’t mean that the battle is over.

For sick kids who are on a long path to recovery, for kids who will forever live their condition, and for kids who are fighting against the clock, we’re making wishes come true to give these warriors a break from battle.

Starlight’s out-of-hospital wish programs grant wishes of all sizes to give seriously ill children and their families a reason to smile and special memories to hold on to. Whether they are wishing for a simple night out with a loved one, or dreaming big with an ultimate wish of a lifetime, Starlight creates magic where kids can shine even when sick.

  • Starlight Play From Home Program
  • Starlight Once In A Lifetime Wishes
  • Starlight Great Escapes ® Wishes   
  • Starlight Day Brightener Wishes