Across the country, Diabetes Canada'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.

Let’s Talk Diabetes

Invite Diabetes Canada to your workplace or community group to provide diabetes information you need to prevent, delay or manage diabetes well.

Topic areas include:

  • What is diabetes
  • Signs & symptoms
  • Types of diabetes
  • Healthy food choices
  • Becoming more active
  • Diabetes resources

Through this program, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge and understanding about diabetes
  • Increase their awareness about diabetes resources and tools to help them prevent and manage diabetes well
  • Empower them to lead healthy lives

Call us and ask about the Let’s Talk Diabetes presentations for your workplace, community group or service club today!

For more information, to volunteer, or to request a free Let’s Talk Diabetes presentation, contact 1-800-BANTING (1-800-226-8464) or email info@diabetes.ca.

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 Diabetes Canada 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.

Diabetes Canada 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 Diabetes Canada 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 Diabetes Canada 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.