Peer Support Best Practice Toolkit

This Peer Support Best Practice Toolkit is a resource for individuals developing and offering peer support programs for families of children with medical complexity and other lifelong disabilities. By providing the following information, you will help us better understand where this toolkit is being used.

Please note the PDF documents are available for free download by clicking on the links and/or images below.


Section 1.0

Background and models of peer support

Provides an in-depth overview of peer support research evidence, defines peer support, identifies key models, and shares family stories.

Section 2.0

Current programs in Ontario: Case studies 


Highlights case studies of peer support programs across Ontario.  Common facilitators and barriers to program development and delivery are shared.

Section 3.0 

Resources to help you get started

Compiles information and best practices from other toolkits, resources, and front-line experience in running peer support programs.



Peer support literature 

Rapid evidence review

Provides an in-depth overview of the methodology and key findings from a rapid review of the peer support literature.


News and events

Early online publication of the Peer Support Toolkit development paper available now! (open access)

Learn more about the Toolkit launch here

Peer Support Toolkit featured on the BLOOM blog

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres presentation featured here


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