Diabetes Canada is extremely pleased to see the commitment in Budget 2021 to implement a national framework for diabetes in Canada. Specifically, $35M over five years is allocated for diabetes research, surveillance, prevention, innovation and the development of a comprehensive diabetes framework.
Over the past several years, Diabetes Canada and diabetes advocates have been urging the government to commit to supporting a nation-wide diabetes strategy for Canada - Diabetes 360°. The Budget 2021 announcement comes at a pivotal time in diabetes history as 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Insulin revolutionized the management of diabetes and saved millions of lives around the world. Yet a century later, the problem of diabetes is bigger than ever.
“We applaud the government’s bold step forward in establishing a national framework for diabetes and creating a better future for the nearly 11.5 million Canadians across the country who are living with diabetes or prediabetes,” says Laura Syron, President and CEO for Diabetes Canada. “We are confident an inclusive, holistic and equitable approach to addressing diabetes will chart a path that will ensure Canada does not find itself in a worse position in another hundred years.”
Today, one in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, and young people face a greater than 50 per cent chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime. A national framework for diabetes in Canada will help prevent millions of cases of diabetes, reduce hospitalizations and improve patient outcomes.
In addition, Budget 2021 also includes explicit changes to eligibility criteria for the Disability Tax Credit; key activities like carbohydrate counting, exercise, medical appointments and time spent recovering from high or low blood sugars will now be counted toward the requirement that applicants spend an average of 14 hours per week on treatment. This will make this key financial support accessible to thousands more adults with diabetes in Canada.
Diabetes Canada expresses sincere gratitude to the government, all parliamentarians, and to all those who were involved in the national movement to help end diabetes by advocating for a national diabetes framework for Canada. Diabetes Canada looks forward to the opportunity to work alongside the governments to help facilitate its implementation and this important step forward in the path towards a world free from the effects of diabetes.
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