Welcome to Election Central, where you can find information on important diabetes issues during provincial and federal elections.

Every 3 minutes – another Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes.

Today – more than 10 million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes.

Today – diabetes causes 30% of all strokes, 40% of all heart attacks, 50% of all kidney failure requiring dialysis and 70% of all lower limb non-traumatic amputations.

We can’t wait.

Let’s take action on diabetes

Elections provide an opportunity for us to work together and ensure key issues impacting people who are affected by diabetes are addressed with leaders and candidates of provincial and federal parties. Whether you have a casual interest in diabetes issues or are looking to find a way to get more involved and share your voice as a volunteer advocate, Election Central contains tools and resources you need to become active in your constituency and, most importantly, make an informed decision on election day.

Recent election campaigns

Newfoundland & Labrador Election on Nov. 30, 2015

In Newfoundland and Labrador, it is estimated that more than one in every 10 people has diabetes. By 2025, the number of people with diabetes in the province is estimated to increase from 60,200 to almost 85,000 people.

If you're living in Newfoundland or Labrador, learn more about the Diabetes Canada's call for a provincial diabetes strategy. Vote Diabetes on Nov. 30!

Federal election on Oct. 19, 2015

We need federal government leadership so that the risk of type 2 diabetes is reduced and so that every Canadian touched by diabetes has equitable access to high quality care and services to optimally manage their disease. That’s why Diabetes Canada urges all federal parties to commit to:

  1. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages because of the clear connection between high consumption of these drinks and the development of type 2 diabetes.
  2. Establish a national pharmacare program so that people with diabetes and its complications can get the medications they need to manage the disease at affordable prices.  
  3. Expand the disability tax credit (DTC) to include all people with type 1 diabetes so that they can get some financial relief for burdensome annual expenses.

Watch and share videos about each election priority, and find out what you should ask your federal candidates.

Make your voice heard!

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