Who We Are
More than 30 years of new smiles ... and new lives
Operation Smile Canada is part of the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgery for children. With help from our donors, volunteers and corporate partners, we transform lives with surgeries that can take as little as 45 minutes and cost as little as $240.
Globally, Operation Smile began in the United States in 1982, and since then we have grown to become a global foundation and have together provided over 220,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.
Why Cleft Surgery?
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. These children are often unable to eat, speak, or even smile. In many places, they're shunned and rejected, sometimes abandoned by their own parents.
Too many don't even survive. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday.
Operation Smile Canada
We know Canadians like you believe every child deserves a chance at life. So in 2011 we founded Operation Smile Canada. Since then, caring and generous supporters helped provide thousands of surgeries for children around the world living in countries where little ones with clefts have suffered for too long.