Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association's regional office staff and volunteers conduct programs and provide support to help people living with or affected by diabetes navigate their care and self-management.

Our programs and services encourage Canadians to live healthier lives by providing practical and accessible information that is helpful and meaningful to them.

Virtual Health Coaching

The CDA’s Virtual Health Coaching is a free telephone-based service, in which a certified health coach will help you prioritize your health goals. Taking your preferences and lifestyle into consideration, health coaches can help you identify and address barriers to change, and help you build decision-making, problem-solving and planning skills you need to manage your diabetes.

The service is free across Canada to adults living with prediabetes, type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. By signing up, you will receive:

  • Two 45-minute one-on-one telephone sessions with a certified health coach, from the comfort of your home
  • A 20-minute follow-up session to evaluate your success

Benefits of the CDA’s Virtual Health Coaching Service:

  • Increase your self-confidence, motivation and skills to better self-manage your diabetes and improve your overall health
  • Receive tools to help you make and sustain healthy behavioural choices throughout your diabetes journey

Sign up now! Call 1-800-BANTING or email us at

Educational Events

An educational event, such as a community expo, provides people living with diabetes or prediabetes with information and experiential learning opportunities on topics that reinforce the importance of self-management, and healthy lifestyle choices.

All educational events are coordinated locally and may include one or all of the following elements:

  • A tradeshow with exhibitors that offer diabetes-related products and services
  • A keynote speaker and sometimes one or more additional speakers as well as demonstrations, a panel discussion, “Ask the Experts”, workshop-style session, and more!
  • An interactive component including a cooking demonstration or lesson, dance/fitness activity, risk assessment  and more!
  • May be delivered in partnership with other organizations 

If you would like to participate in an upcoming educational event in your region, please search in our programs and events or contact your regional CDA office.

Learning Series

The Learning Series is a set of presentations intended for people at risk of developing diabetes, those with prediabetes and those who are newly diagnosed. The purpose of these presentations is to increase awareness of risk factors, signs, symptoms and complications of diabetes, and encourage participants to work with their health care team to prevent or manage diabetes with a healthy lifestyle.

The Learning Series presentations are delivered by trained staff and volunteers in community settings, including our regional offices, community centres and more!

Learning Series presentation modules address the following topics:

  • Diabetes: What You Need to Know
  • Living Well with Diabetes
  • Making "Cents" of Healthy Eating
  • Diabetes and Mental Health
  • Diabetes for Health-care Workers
  • The Canadian Diabetes Association

The presentations also include adaptions for low-literacy audiences, Aboriginal populations and French translations.

To find out when a Learning Series presentation is available in your region, please search in our programs and events or contact your regional CDA office.

Food Skills for Families

Food Skills for Families is a hands-on program that makes healthy eating, shopping and cooking easy, quick and fun. The program provides people living with or at risk of developing chronic disease, including diabetes, from the First Nations, South Asian, new immigrants, senior and low income groups with practical relevant guidance on how to prepare healthy meals.

The Food Skills for Families program includes six sessions, with each session addressing a different topic based on the Canada Food Guide and its key messages. Sessions are led by trained and certified community facilitators in kitchens within host community organizations throughout British Columbia. The Food Skills for Families program has developed detailed training manuals and easy-to-use participant handbooks for AboriginalPunjabinew immigrants, active seniors and low income families.

The CDA is committed to ensuring the program’s best practice curriculum remains up-to-date and aligned with national and provincial healthy eating guidelines and strategies (e.g., sodium reduction, reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages). We actively mentor community facilitators so they can continue to deliver a high quality standardized program.

If you would like to find out more about the Foods Skills for Families program, please visit our Food Skills for Families website.

Community Pharmacy Outreach Program (CPOP)

Our Community Pharmacy Outreach Program (CPOP) is a meaningful and collaborative partnership between the CDA and pharmacies to provide information and resources to help better support people living with diabetes.

A Community Pharmacy Outreach Program pharmacy is committed to providing support to people living with diabetes in the following ways:

  • Provide support and advice to manage diabetes
  • Provide the latest CDA information about diabetes, including upcoming events and programs
  • Provide information about medications, including the selection of safe and effective over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and a variety of diabetes supplies

Find a Community Pharmacy Outreach Program pharmacy near you.