Every 6 minutes another Ontarian is diagnosed with diabetes. Today, 4.3 million Ontarians are living with diabetes or prediabetes - a number that's expected to rise by 30% in 10 years.

In Ontario, Diabetes Canada is advocating for:

  • A renewed Ontario Diabetes Strategy:  Ontario needs aggressive, measurable targets to address diabetes prevention, screening and awareness, glucose control and secondary prevention of complications.
  • Improved access to medications, devices and supplies: Solutions include reducing deductibles associated with publicly funded drug programs and improving coverage for supplies such as syringes and pen needles.
  • Public funding of Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems: These devices have the potential to prevent life-threatening emergencies, but they are expensive, putting them out of reach for many people who need them the most.

This election, join Diabetes Canada and ask your local candidates to pledge action to support people with diabetes.

  1. Tell your story. Send your candidates a letter about how diabetes has impacted you. Try using our tool located on the bottom of this page to contact them.
  2. Engage your candidates in person. If you meet with your candidates, let us know at: advocacy@diabetes.ca
  3. Ask your candidates to use social media to pledge action to support people with diabetes. Instructions for making the pledge are under Resources

Your story matters

Sharing your personal stories about diabetes helps people understand the importance of taking action. When writing or speaking to candidates, let them know how diabetes has affected you, your family and friends, and your community. 

Charlene Lavergne, volunteer living with Type 2 Diabetes:

"I'm a low-income person, and I often have to choose between food and medications as I am on disability and have a very limited drug plan. Every month I worry about whether I'll be able to afford the insulin I need."

Rachel Moon Kelly, parent of child with Type 1 Diabetes:

"Imagine for a moment that your child has a presently incurable condition. Imagine that technology exists that may save his/her life and provide the best quality of life possible. Now imagine that you can’t afford it."