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Improving the quality of life for people with diabetes is at the heart of Diabetes Canada’s commitment to all Canadians diagnosed with this chronic health condition. That means connecting children and youth with type 1 diabetes through Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps; providing healthcare professionals and people with diabetes with expert information that improves their care and self-management; assisting researchers working on leading-edge treatments; and advocating on behalf of those with diabetes for equity, improved access to supplies and more.


A world free of the effects of diabetes


To lead the fight against diabetes by:

  • Preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes
  • Helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives
  • Working to find a cure

Core values

  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Agility 
  • Initiative 

3-year strategic plan 2022-2024

For the period of 2022-2024, Diabetes Canada aspires to achieve its vision to create a world free of the effects of diabetes by focusing on improving the quality of life of those diagnosed with diabetes. This video will walk you through Diabetes Canada's 3-year strategic plan 2022-2024 presented by Laura Syron, President and CEO.

Our history

In 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting was working as a doctor in London, Ont., when he first thought of taking insulin from a pancreas to treat diabetes.

After experimenting for a few months with the help of his assistant, Charles Best and biochemist James Collip and support from Professor John J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto, they were able to create pure insulin that could be used on humans.

The first successful test on a human patient with diabetes happened on January 23, 1922—it was a life-changing discovery.

The Canadian Diabetes Association

In the late 1940s, Charles Best formed the Diabetic Association of Ontario to help advocate for and serve the needs of the growing numbers of Canadians with diabetes.

After this, other provinces and territories formed their own diabetic associations. In 1953, they decided to amalgamate and become the Canadian Diabetes Association, which provided advocacy, education, research funding, and programs and services for those living with the disease.

Diabetes Canada: a new name and mandate

On February 13, 2017, The Canadian Diabetes Association changed its name to Diabetes Canada. This name change represents our renewed commitment to changing the conversation around diabetes, making the invisible disease more visible, and raising awareness about the diabetes epidemic.

Diabetes Canada is committed to partnering with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure

“Before the CDA’s [now Diabetes Canada] support, I struggled at convincing granting agencies that my ideas were worth pursuing. [Diabetes Canada] really saved my career as an independent investigator.”

Dr. Pere Santamaria, Researcher

What we fund

How we help

Diabetes Canada is the nation's most trusted provider of diabetes education, research, resources, and services. We've helped millions of Canadians affected by diabetes understand it, manage it, and combat complications since 1953.

$5.1M used to fund research

1900+ children sent to camp

24K support service calls answered

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