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Who is Larga Baffin Ltd.

Larga Baffin Ltd. is a medical boarding home for individuals travelling from Qikiqtani region of Nunavut to Ottawa, ON for medical services not available to them in their communities in Nunavut.

Our clients travel thousands of miles to seek medical services in an unfamiliar big city that maybe a culture shock for many coming from communities where there is less than 500 people in a community.

Medical services can include; Cancer care, Heart Institute, other specialized appointments such as; high risk pregnancy, special child conditions etc.

Mission Statement

We strive to provide the best possible atmosphere and service to Nunavummiut who need specialized medical care that is not available in their home communities.

Management Team

Malaya Zehr
President, x629
Joanna Wilson
Assistant General Manager, x620

Larga Baffin History

Larga Baffin opened its doors on April 17, 2000 with 5 staff welcoming 22 residents into our 24 bed facility on Russell Road.

In 2009 we moved to1071 Richmond Road which had 40 rooms and 81 beds. The demand for medical care has exceeded our ability to provide the required accommodation and support services. By necessity, guests were required to be accommodated in nearby hotels adversely impacting our ability to meet our client’s needs in a homelike atmosphere.

In Nov 2015, we moved to 2716 Richmond Road where we can accommodate clients and patient escorts in the 104 rooms and up to 190 clients. We are often providing services to upwards of 300 Clients utilizing our partner Hotels while providing the same services and care.

Larga Baffin has acquired property on Hunt Club at Sieveright Avenue, east of Bank street. A 6-story structure will house as many as 350 people, 220 rooms, in a 4-wings off a central core.

We are exceeding our ability to provide accommodation to our clients and having to place some at hotels as we do not have the room to house all clients, the demand for service isn’t slowing down.

We are in the planning development stage and hope to move in to our facility in the next 3-5 years.


Ottawa Health Service Network Inc. (OHSNI)

OHSNI provides case management services to clients/escorts staying at Larga Baffin Ltd. Services include;

  1. Updating patient status to the North.
  2. Advocating and ensuring patient needs are met.
  3. Ensuring provision of supplies and medication and equipment.
  4. Escort switches and exchanges that will be submit by the Nurse Case Manager (for health centre only).
  5. Discharge planning to ensure patient has all that is required for travel to communities.
  6. Provides Social Worker at Larga Baffin Ltd. Monday – Friday.
  7. Medical Interpreters are available for Medical Appointments and Procedures. As well a medical interpreter is usually available at Larag Baffin, Monday to Friday. We try our best to send an interpreter but if they are needed for medical appointments that takes first priority.

The medical traveler (who is being hospitalized or who is medevac’d) is assigned an OHSNI Nurse Case Manager.

Medical travelers who are down for appointments or predictable clearances, or for tests i.e. MRI, will be precleared by Medical Travel and return after their appointment. OHSNI will not be case managing these medical travelers. No pediatric or high-risk obstetrical clients will be precleared.

Contact: 613-523-7822 or Office on call phone 613-297-7804.

Ottawa Medical Travel, Department of Health

Services include:

  1. The Referral Coordinators from OHSNI schedules the appointments and sends the referrals to Iqaluit Case Management (ICM) or to Medical Travel Clerks (MTC) in the communities.
  2. ICM or MTC sends referrals to Ottawa Medical Travel for booking.
  3. Completed bookings are sent to the original requester and will notify patients of their scheduled flight.
    • a. If an escort is requested from the referral coordinators, it would be sent to Medical Travel Regional office for approval. Clients who are denied escorts may appeal.
    • b. If an escort is required when the client is already in Ottawa, it can be requested by calling their respective health centre.
  4. Once the client is medically cleared, they will be scheduled on the first available flight after the final appointment.

Reminder: Clients cannot miss their flight for non-medical reasons, otherwise, the client will be on their own for accommodation. Airfare will be rebooked.

Contact: Toll free 1-866-371-3305, Press 2 for Ottawa Medical Travel.


Fostering economic development opportunities for Inuit.

As the Inuit birthright development corporation for the Qikiqtani Region, we have a responsibility to strengthen the social and economic well-being of Nunavut and the 15,500 Inuit we represent. We were trusted with this mandate when Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) created QC in 1983 as their for-profit development arm.

We embody this responsibility in everything we do. We strive to make a positive difference for Inuit, communities and the Nunavut economy through dedication and determination to create meaningful employment and business opportunities. Upholding Inuit principles and values, we are committed to working collaboratively to serve and provide for our communities.

To be an Inuit business leader, working collaboratively with the Regional Development Corporations to identify, invest and grow business opportunities.

Mission: To support the economic well-being of Nunavummiut by growing businesses that contribute to the responsible development of Nunavut and the Arctic.

Nunasi’s values are centred around supporting our shareholders’ strategic priorities in a manner that demonstrates respect for the land and natural environment as well as the cultural, social and economic advancement of Inuit.

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Visiting Hours
  • Larga visiting time is limited between 1pm-4pm
  • Visitors are not allowed in the rooms unless permission granted by Larga Management on case-by-case basis.

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