University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation



About the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has flourished into one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research Institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. It operates Canada’s largest comprehensive cardiac prevention and rehabilitation program and handles over 221,000 patient visits a year.

About the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation 


Through the generous philanthropic support of individuals, businesses, and community events, the Foundation raises funds that power innovative patient-centred care, ground-breaking research, state-of-the-art equipment, cardiovascular prevention & rehabilitation patient programs, education, and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre.

The donations we receive from our community help to provide the tools and science needed to treat and eventually eradicate cardiovascular disease.

Imagine a future where every cardiac patient has hyper-personalized medicine, surgery, and care tailored to their own DNA.

“Because it is possible for one small action to shape a spectacular outcome.”                      

– Dr. Wilbert Keon


Our Impact

Today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment. Together we give the gift of time.

Your donations support the world-renowned University of Ottawa Heart Institute; a beacon for ground-breaking research, education, and excellence in innovative patient care.

Nationally, it is one of the top ten cardiac Institutes, ranking in the top 3% for research.

Legacy giving is a key in supporting excellence in cardiac care for future generations. 

” Heart disease is a leading killer and disabling disease for Canadians and people worldwide. Who among us does not know someone affected by heart disease? It affects women and men alike and people of all ages can suffer from heart conditions. I am excited about the opportunity to meet the people of our community – and to thank them for their support it helps us to deliver world-class care to the people of the Champlain region, eastern Ontario, western Quebec, Nunavut, Newfoundland, and beyond. We are an educational institution that teaches tomorrow’s doctors and cardiac care teams. Our researchers discover treatments all to help improve the heart health of our patients and help them live better lives.”

Your heart. Your Institute. Our Future, together.

-Dr.  Rob Beanlands, President & CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


See what your legacy could be

Talk to University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation about a legacy gift

Legal Name

University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Charity Number

14081 3452 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Where your donations go:

  • Research
  • Patient programs
  • Upgrades in equipment & infrastructure

Stats & Facts: University of Ottawa Heart Institute 2022-23

  • 221,031 Patient visits
  • 67,008 Diagnostic tests
  • 2,022    Open-heart and catheter-based procedures
  • 1,800+ Multi-disciplinary health care professionals here to serve you and your family.

You’ve placed your heart in our hands and we’re placing our future in yours!  Legacy gifts take many years to be given. We welcome the opportunity to thank you personally and to work with you to ensure that your plans are honoured. Today, accelerating research breakthroughs in cardiac treatment and prevention is our most pressing priority. Valve disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure will all increase exponentially within the next 30 years. We are grateful to be working with thoughtful donors who are actively deciding the impact they want their legacy to have on the future of cardiac health.

Would you like to chat more about legacy gifts to the Heart Institute?

Contact Jessica, [email protected] or 613-696-9605.  All conversations are confidential and do not imply any form of commitment.


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