Scotiabank Youth Transition Program

An overview of the Scotiabank Youth Transition Program at Providence Health Care.


The Scotiabank Youth Transition Program (SYTP) was created to support young people, and their families and caregivers, during their healthcare transition from pediatric to adult care.

What is a “healthcare transition”?

Healthcare transition is the gradual process of preparing young people to move from pediatric to adult care. This transition if often a big change and comes at a time when many other changes might be happening in a young person's life. We want to make sure young people feel supported during this time.  

The goal of the SYTP is to help young people build confidence while learning how to manage their health during their transition to adult care. This program is working on resources to support all clinical areas at Providence Health Care that have young people transitioning from pediatric to adult care. 

The SYTP is made possible by a generous donation from Scotiabank to the St. Paul's Foundation. We appreciate their ongoing partnership to create a patient-centred model of care for young people. 

What to expect – For youth

Welcome to adult care at Providence Health Care! 

This period of transition can feel hard, but we are here to support you during this journey. Your health and wellness are our top priority. We are looking forward to working with you to help you achieve your health goals. 

At Providence Health Care, you have the right to: 

  • Be treated in a caring way. 
  • Have things explained in a way that you understand. 
  • Make your own health choices. 
  • Have access to your medical information. 
  • Attend your appointments alone or bring a support person with you. For your first visit we recommend bringing someone with you so we can get to know you and the people who support you. 

In turn, make sure to: 

  • Keep appointments or cancel them in advance. 
  • Tell us about your current symptoms and health history to help us treat you. 
  • Ask questions about your care. 
  • Follow treatment plans that you develop with your doctor/health care team. 

How your care might be different from pediatric to adult care

Things you can do to support your transition to adult care

How to prepare for your move to adult care

What to expect from your clinic visit

What to expect from your adult health care team

What to expect – For parents and guardians

There are things parents/guardians can do to support your youth in adult care. 

  • Talk to your youth about how you can support them to assume more responsibility for self-care (getting medications from the pharmacy, booking appointments, etc.) 
  • Review the information for what youth can expect. This will help to answer some questions you may have about adult care. 
  • Complete the Parent & Family Checklist. This will help you to identify what skills and information you and your young adult child will need as they transition to adult care. 

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344,62937 or email

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.

Education & resources

Useful resources


Emma Iacoe, RN, MSN 
Leader, Program Development 
Scotiabank Youth Transition Program