If Canada continues with the status quo, the vast and growing epidemic of diabetes will cost millions of lives and bankrupt our health care system. Since 2013, Canada has been without a Diabetes Strategy or specific target. Something must be done urgently.

The idea

To turn the tide, Diabetes Canada is calling for the federal government to adopt a renewed Canadian Strategy for Diabetes, and strengthen it with the inclusion of more targeted, measurable outcomes using a 90-90-90 target. Diabetes Canada hopes that this new Strategy can be implemented to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Canadians in 2021.

The impact

A 90-90-90 target for diabetes in Canada would feature an even stronger focus on prevention of the disease.

  • 90 per cent of the 6 million Canadians with prediabetes and the 1.5 million Canadians who are currently unaware that they are living with diabetes would know their status through expanded screening.
  • 90 per cent of those diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes (along with the 3.5 million Canadians who have already been diagnosed with diabetes) would receive treatment, lifestyle counseling or care to prevent or manage the disease.
  • 90 per cent of those receiving treatment would see improved health indicators, such as lower three-month average blood glucose (A1C), with consequent improvements in blood pressure and lipids (fat)

Progress to date

In September 2017, Diabetes Canada convened 48 representatives of 30 different stakeholder organizations in Toronto to discuss the possibility of a 90-90-90 target.

Participants represented health care providers, patients, governments, NGOs, industry and academics from across the country.

Next steps

Immediate next steps, which will carry into 2018, include:

  • Establishing a steering committee and project secretariat to move the initiative forward
  • Developing a business plan for this approach
  • Securing funding to develop an implementation plan


To learn more or to get involved, please contact kimberley.hanson@diabetes.ca.

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