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Diabetes Canada advocates fiercely on behalf of Canadians living with and affected by diabetes.

With the support of committed volunteers, Diabetes Canada offers strategic direction, training and ongoing support to advocates across Canada. Diabetes advocates are a strong voice helping to influence positive change in health care, public policy and the future of diabetes in Canada.

There is little recognition of the difficult barriers caused by diabetes. Individuals face emotional and physical burdens and high financial costs which can affect quality of life and optimal disease management. Public coverage programs offer varied levels of financial support and unequal access to medications, devices and supplies. There are long waiting lists for diabetes education programs and support services. Discrimination is prevalent in areas such as employment and for kids living with diabetes at school. These are just a few examples of the critical issues diabetes advocates address every day and there is much work to be done.

An important part of Diabetes Canada's advocacy work happens during provincial and federal election periods.

During provincial election campaigns we urge all parties running for public office to make diabetes a health priority. 

About Diabetes 360°

This country has been without a strategy to address one of the most significant health-care crisis of our time. With no dedicated support or action to tackle the diabetes epidemic, it means that, every 24 hours:

  • More than 20 Canadians die of diabetes-related complications
  • 480 more Canadians are diagnosed with this devastating disease
  • 14 Canadians have a lower limb amputation
  • And our health care system spends $75 million treating diabetes

Help us raise awareness and join the thousands of Canadians who already support this strategy.

Canada needs a nation-wide diabetes strategy now

Join thousands of Canadians who are calling on the government to address the diabetes epidemic that is costing millions of Canadian lives and bankrupting our health-care system.

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View our submissions to Canada's federal and provincial governments.

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