Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 01, 2011 10:00 ET

Harper Government is Taking Action to Support Canadian Families

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - The Harper Government today announced support for Canadians with diabetes. The funding, announced by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, will address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease and stroke.

"Our Government is committed to protecting Canadian families," said Minister Aglukkaq. "We all know someone who has diabetes in our family and this support will help those we hold dear. That is why we are working with key organizations to help prevent diabetes, and to improve the lives of those who have or who may develop diabetes."

As part of the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the federal Government is supporting 37 new community-based projects. Today's announcement includes funding for a project called Transforming materials for people with diabetes for the Canadian Diabetes Association. The goal of this project is to develop resources for health care providers and people at high-risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

"We are very pleased to receive the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada to continue to serve the needs of the millions of Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes," said Michael Cloutier, President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association. "By assisting high-risk populations in gaining better access to practical and current information, we can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes."

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects approximately two million Canadians. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 per cent of diabetes cases in Canada. It can often be prevented or delayed with regular physical activity, healthy eating and by maintaining a healthy weight. If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputation.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on diabetes or healthy living, please visit A backgrounder with more information on the funded projects is attached.

FACT SHEET November 2011



  • Approximately two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to closely working with partners across the country to prevent and control diabetes. The projects announced today are part of this commitment.

  • Under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is investing over $6 million in 7 national and 30 regional projects. These projects address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke

About the Canadian Diabetes Strategy

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) receives ongoing annual funding of $18M through the Integrated Strategy for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease.

  • The Federal Government and its partners address diabetes and related complications through the CDS, which focuses on the prevention, early detection and self-management of all types of diabetes.

  • The CDS has raised general awareness of diabetes and its risk factors, and created the first integrated national diabetes surveillance system.

  • Through community based programming, projects are developed to enhance prevention initiatives in high-risk populations, to increase awareness of risk factors, and to help people living with diabetes avoid serious complications.

Projects include:

Organization Project Title
Canadian Diabetes Association
Transforming Materials for People with Diabetes
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council
Early Detection of Diabetes High Risk Immigrant Communities
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
CNIB Diabetes and Vision Loss Knowledge Expansion Program
Canadian Association of Wound Care
Diabetes Foot Ulcer Prevention
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
National Education and Targeted Screening Program
Hypertension Canada
"Know Your Numbers, Chart Your Heart." A national Indo-Asian cardiovascular screening and intervention initiative
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Diabetes Strategy for Pharmacists - Collaborative Community-based Care for Canadians

The remaining regional projects for the Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) will be announced in the near future.

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189