Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program

About the Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program:

Over 30,000 Nova Scotians suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. This condition can cause other major health issues like heart arrythmia, stroke, diabetes, depression and more. 
Unfortunately, with 17% of Nova Scotians living in poverty, not everyone can afford therapy for this condition, which can range from $1500 - $6000.
Because of this, the Lung Association of Nova Scotia started the Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program. We collect gently-used, newer models of CPAP and BiPAP machines. Students from Dalhousie University's School of Health Sciences work to refurbish the machines for distribution to patients who could otherwise not afford therapy.

Donating a Machine:

If you or someone you know has a CPAP or BiPAP machine you no longer use, please consider donating it today! *Ask us about tax receipts for newer-model machines! Please click HERE for a list of CPAP and BiPAP machines we currently accept.

To donate a CPAP or BiPAP machine, or to donate another respiratory machine (e.g. a pre-owned nebulizer or oxygen concentrator), please contact Diane Grant at or by phone at (902) 443-8141 ext. 28 or at our toll-free number (1-888-566-5864). Please provide the following information on the machine:

  • Type of Machine
  • Make and Model
  • Age
  • Condition/Description
  • Sellers Name / Email and or Phone Number

For donations outside of HRM, Lions Clubs across Nova Scotia collect these machines on our behalf. 

For those living in Sydney, Cape Breton, you can drop off machines at The Heart & Lung Wellness Centre in Sydney (200 Churchill Drive, Suite #101). They can be reached by phone at 902-563-8566.

*We can only take machines that are 10 years or newer. We are not accepting Phillips machines at this time 

I Need a Machine:

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, have a valid prescription and cannot afford therapy (no private medical insurance, income under $60,000 per family/$35,000 per individual*), we can add you to our wait list to receive a refurbished sleep apnea machine. To be added to our waitlist, please call Diane Grant at 902-443-8141 x28 or email You will need to do three things:

1. Provide us with a signed waiver form - you can download it HERE

2. Provide us with a valid prescription from your doctor (an RX)

4. Agree that if you accept a machine from the Lung Association of Nova Scotia and no longer use that machine, you will donate it back

*We may require your income tax notice of assessment for the previous year. All tax information would be shredded upon verification of income.

Program Partners:

Thank you to our valuable partners who help make this program possible.


Your contributions to this valuable program are greatly appreciated.



Thank you to Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia who help make this program possible.

The Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program has been supported in part by a grant from the Windsor Foundation of NS

Page Last Updated: 26/04/2022