The Canadian Diabetes Association advocates fiercely on behalf of Canadians living with and affected by diabetes.

With the support of committed volunteers, the Canadian Diabetes Association 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 crucial work diabetes advocates continue to undertake every day and there is much work to be done.

Submissions to government

As federal, provincial and territorial governments consider their annual budgets, the CDA submits policy recommendations on issues important to people living with diabetes.

Read more about the CDA's submissions to government on behalf of Canadians living with diabetes.

Patient input submissions

Diabetes medications, devices and supplies are important for people with diabetes to effectively self-manage their disease, so that they can live a healthy life.

Read more about the CDA's patient input to drug review processes in Canada.

Canadian Diabetes Association Feedback  to CADTH on New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes: A Therapeutic Review Update

For more information about our advocacy efforts, please email advocacy@diabetes.ca.