In Newfoundland and Labrador, more than 60,000 people are estimated to be currently living with diabetes. This means more than 1 in every 10 people living in the province has diabetes. By 2025, this number is estimated to rise to almost 85,000 people.

To ensure the sustainability of the health-care system, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) urges all parties running for public office in Newfoundland and Labrador to make diabetes a health priority during the upcoming provincial election.

Latest News (Nov. 10): Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes all political party support for provincial diabetes strategy

The CDA's call for a Provincial Diabetes Strategy

In order to ensure health-care investments will continue to have an impact on alleviating cost pressures on the province’s health-care system and increase the province’s productivity, the Canadian Diabetes Association is calling on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to commit to a new Provincial Diabetes Strategy

This strategy would aim to reduce the burden of diabetes for the provincial health-care system by slowing the growth in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes annually, earlier detection and actions for those diagnosed with prediabetes, and increase the positive health measures of those already living with the disease. 

A provincial diabetes strategy would meet the principles established in the Diabetes Charter for Canada, and carry on the aim to reduce the burden of diabetes for the provincial health-care system by an enhanced focus on diabetes prevention, screening, detection, treatment, and self-management.

Elements of the strategy would include:

  1. A diabetes registry, or database, to enable tracking of relevant health-care statistics and ensure up-to-date and evidence based decision making for diabetes initiatives.
  2. Encouraging greater self-management of diabetes through public awareness campaigns, education, lifestyle change programs, access to diabetes medications. and appropriate self-monitoring of blood glucose.
  3. Creating and supporting wellness programs through sustained and increased funding commitments
  4. Better coordination of care at a provincial level, delivered using a model of care supported by the Department of Health & Community Services

Download a PDF copy of these diabetes priorities for your reference during this election.

What can you do?

Tell us your diabetes story!

Why should the government of Newfoundland and Labrador make diabetes a priority this election? What difference would it make in your life?

Whether you are living with diabetes or have a family member, friend or co-worker who is, we want to hear your story.

Sign the Diabetes Charter for Canada

In April 2014, the CDA launched the Diabetes Charter for Canada to act a catalyst for positive change and to inspire fair access to diabetes support and care for all people living with the disease.

It encourages diabetes advocacy and empowers individuals to stand up for their rights and the rights of all people living with diabetes, while being responsible for their own care. The Charter is represented in the work the CDA is doing across Canada, and particularly in our priorities for this election.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador and more than 25,000 Canadians have already shown their support by signing the Charter. Take a moment to add your name and ask candidates to do the same.

Ask candidates to #VoteDiabetes on social media

Learn more about the impact and cost of diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador and share some stats with your local candidates online.

Find them using our social media directory, which has a list of candidates' Twitter and Facebook accounts, and other contact information.

In order to keep discussions searchable on Twitter, please use the hashtag #VoteDiabetes whenever you tweet about the election or in your conversations with your candidate or others. Also, if you’re attending a candidate event, don't forget to tweet or post on Facebook about it when you’re there! Finally, don’t forget to retweet the CDA's tweets and share our Facebook messages about the election.

Follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc and on Facebook at facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation.

Here are some sample posts to help you make diabetes a priority in this Newfoundland and Labrador election:

Sample Facebook posts

  • Please Share: An election is coming on NL. Do you know the diabetes-related issues affecting Newfoundland and Labradorians? Keep yourself in the loop by visiting Election Central: http://bit.ly/nlvotes
  • Did you know 60,000 people in NL currently live with diabetes? By 2025, that number is estimated to rise to almost 85,000. Share this post and click below to change diabetes history in NL! http://bit.ly/nlvotes
  • Chances are you or someone you love is affected by diabetes. This election, tell your candidates that supporting NL’rs living with diabetes matters to you! Make change happen. Vote for diabetes on Nov 30th: http://bit.ly/nlvotes

Sample tweets

  • Pls RT: 60,000 ppl in NL live w #diabetes, highest rates in Canada. We need a diabetes strategy @PCPartyNL  @nlliberals @NLNDP #VoteDiabetes
  • I’m planning to #votediabetes. Please RT and help me tell @PCPartyNL  @nlliberals @NLNDP that diabetes is important! #VoteDiabetes #nlvotes
  • 1 in 3 people have either diabetes or prediabetes in NL right now. Today. It's time for a #diabetes strategy. #VoteDiabetes #nlvotes

Talk to your candidates in person

You can help raise awareness of diabetes-related issues for the upcoming election by engaging with your local candidates (a list of candidates can be found on Elections Newfoundland and Labrador).

You can find opportunities to engage with candidates at local meet-and-greets, candidate debates, radio interviews and more, by watching for online updates on candidate websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. You can also try calling or emailing campaign offices to determine when candidates will be canvassing your neighbourhood to ensure you will be home when they arrive at your door.

Write to your candidates

One effective way of informing political candidates about an issue that is important to you is through an email or letter. Good candidates keep track of all the questions and comments they receive. When enough questions and comments are received about the same issue, they recognize it to be an important one for commenting on, leading to public statements and campaign promises.

Take a look at our social media directory for a current listing of candidates for this election, and their contact information.

Vote Diabetes on Nov. 30!

When you cast your ballot, you will be impacting the future of diabetes in Canada and holding the government accountable for their campaign promises. Visit Elections Newfoundland and Labrador for more information.

Political contacts (in alphabetical order)

The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
860 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, NL  A1N 3J7
Tel: 709-754-1813
Fax: 709-726-7164
Email: info@nlliberals.ca
Website  /  Facebook Twitter

Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party
P.O. Box 5275, St. John’s, NL  A1C 5W1
Tel: 709-739-6387
Email: infor@nl.ndp.ca
Website  /  Facebook  /  Twitter

Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
20 Hallett Crescent, P.O. Box 8551, St. John's, NL  A1B 3P2
Tel: 709-753-6043
Fax: 709-753-6059
E-mail: info@pcpartynl.ca
Website   /  Facebook  /  Twitter