Children's Wish

About the Children's Wish Foundation

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the only nation-wide wish granting organization, with over three decades of granting wishes. This past year the Foundation celebrated its 20,000 wish! 

From humble beginnings in 1983, granting fewer than 20 wishes a year, the Foundation has now established the capacity to fulfill over 1,000 wishes annually across Canada.

The Children’s Wish Foundation owes this success to the hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Canadian businesses contributing their time, talents and money over the years to help us make wishes come true.

 What we do...

The Children’s Wish Foundation provides children suffering with illnesses such as cancer, congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis and many other life-threatening conditions, their most heartfelt wish.

Our wishes fall under three categories: travel wishes, celebrity wishes, and item wishes. The most frequent wish we grant is a trip to Disneyworld. Wishes are decided upon by the child, not their parents, and each wish is as unique as the child who makes it. Children may wish to see their favorite NHL team play, or for a big screen TV to watch their favourite films. We have fulfilled wishes for children to meet celebrities, to have a play structure built in their yard, and to travel across the world to visit family members!

Wishes provide a temporary escape from the harsh realities these families face every day. They provide something to look forward to during treatments, and create a positive opportunity to form happy childhood memories and celebrate life.

By understanding the power of a wish, you too can consider how best to share in the dreams of some very special children.