Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to work with a
network of specialized MS clinics across the country. Clinics
relate to the MS Society of Canada either as Affiliated Clinics
or Associate Clinics depending on the size of the clinic and
the scope of its services and research involvement.
Clinic resources vary but most offer a wide range of services,
delivered by a multi-disciplinary health care team. These services
Expert diagnostic and treatment services for people with
Clinical research, especially in the area of MS treatment
Educational and support programs for people with MS and their
families and caregivers
RED DEER (Associate) Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
Red Deer Regional Hospital
3942 50A Ave
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6R2
Saskatoon City Hospital
Room 7717 – 7th Floor
701 Queen St
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0M7
Health Sciences Centre
GE173-820 Sherbrook St
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9
Hamilton Health Sciences
McMaster University Medical Centre Room 4U3, 1200 Main
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5
(905) 521-2100 ext. 76074
Kingston MS Clinic
Kingston General Hospital
76 Stuart St., Connell 7
Kingston, ON K7L 2V7
London Health Sciences Centre
339 Windermere Rd.
London, ON N6A 5A5
Ottawa Hospital General Campus
Room 6310, 501 Smyth Rd
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Pediatric MS Clinic
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1
Ph: 613-737-7600 x 2159
THUNDER BAY (Associate)
Thunder Bay MS Clinic
St. Joseph’s Care Group
35 N. Algoma St.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5G7
Clinic Contact: (807) 343-2431 ext. 2560
St. Michael's Hospital
3003- 30 Bond St. Shuter Wing
Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
The Hospital for Sick Children, Dept. of Neurology
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
(416) 813-7383 (patients must be under 18 years
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Associate)
2075 Bayview Ave. Suite A4 11
Toronto, ON., M4N 3M5
Ph: (416) 480-4114
Fx: (416) 480-4199
Centre de Rèadaptation en Déficience Physique
9300 Boul du Centre Hospitalier
Charny (Québec) G6X 1L6
Ph : 418-380-2078, ext 2252
Fx : 418-380-2095
Estrie MS Clinic
Service de neurologie
CHUS - Site Fleurimont
3001, 12e Avenue Nord
Fleurimont (Québec) J1H 5N4
Ph: 819.346.1110 ext. 14078
Neuro Rive-Sud MS Clinic
4896 Boul. Taschereau
Greenfield Park (Québec) J4V 2J2
Montreal Neurological Institute
267 – 3801 University Street
Montreal (Québec) H3A 2B4
Hospital Notre-Dame – CHUM
1560 Sherbrooke St East
Pavillon Deschamps Suite H-3135
Montréal (Québec) H2L 4M1
1. What is an MS clinic and what is the range of services
one can access there?
The MS Clinics affiliated with the MS Society of Canada
are medical clinics specialized in the diagnosis and management
of multiple sclerosis. These clinics are staffed by doctors,
nurses and other healthcare professionals who have specialized
training and/ or skills needed for optimal MS care. To be
recognized by the MS Society, the MS Clinics need to also
show evidence of a multidisciplinary approach. They have
access to a number of health services such as psychiatry,
occupational and physical therapy, and social work to name
a few. Sometimes these services offer treatment, or sometimes
they offer assessment and recommendations for follow-up with
a local health care professional.
2. What is the value in seeking out services at an MS clinic?
The MS Clinics can offer assessment and recommendations
for management that reflect best practice principles along
a spectrum of multidisciplinary specialties. In addition,
for people interested in participating in research, the Canadian
MS Clinics are the place where the majority of clinical research
done in Canada is carried out.
3. How often should a person visit an MS clinic?
This varies. Generally visits are scheduled every year
to 18 months, resources permitting. Sometimes more frequent
visits are planned as, for example in the case of assessing
medication or other medical intervention, management of an
attack (also called a flare-up or exacerbation).
In many cases however, the MS Clinic can offer advice to
the GP or community neurologist on managing these issues
once they have done a baseline assessment.
4. How does a person get a referral to a clinic? What types
of medical professionals can make referrals to an MS clinic?
Most commonly, referral to an MS clinic may be done by
either a family physician or a community neurologist. A referral
must be made by a physician. In the referral process, arrangements
are made to send your medical information to the MS Clinic.
5. What can I expect when I visit and MS Clinic?
This depends on what the visit is for. If it is a first
visit, it will be focussed on diagnosing, or confirming an
existing diagnosis. Usually patients to the clinic will see
a nurse who will screen for any special needs that may be
present, and who will also try to determine any educational
or information needs that may be addressed. When seeing the
physician, a thorough history and neurological exam will
be conducted, as well as a review of the history as documented
by the referring physician. In some cases, more tests may
be needed to confirm diagnosis or to evaluate a finding.
In some cases the patient will be asked to sign a release
so that the Clinic may obtain missing information.
Most of the Canadian MS Clinics are located in hospitals,
many of which are teaching institutions. Medical students
and/or residents may also be involved with patient visits.
At follow up visits, special attention is given to any
changes since the last visit and assessment includes consideration
of any interventions that may be helpful.
6. What happens next once the visit is over? Who gets the
results of the visit sent to them?
Once the visit is over, a summary of the visit is sent
back to the referring physician. This summary will include
any recommendations for changes or additions, or may even
request that referring doctor arrange for follow up testing
of one sort or another in the event that more information
is needed to complete the assessment. Clinic staff continue
to be available to support you with additional information
and/or support you may require.
7. Do I have the right to request copies of all my test
results? What should I do with this information?
The short answer is yes, but depending on the institution,
you may be asked to sign a release form. Test results are
typically returned to the referring physician, and may also
be copied to the family physician and /or community neurologist.