Canadian Diabetes Association


Organizational Information

Membership Information

Founded in 1953

80000 Members in 2016


325 employees and 20,000+ volunteers

Member of IDF since 1954




The Canadian Diabetes Association is a national charity and membership association, founded in 1953 by Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin. Our value driven culture is committed to excellence, partnership, innovation, integrity and respect.
They are supported by a community-based network of volunteers, members, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers and partners. By providing education and services to people living with diabetes, advocating on their behalf, supporting innovative research and setting the standard for diabetes care, we are delivering on our mission.
Every day the Canadian Diabetes Association is
  • Creating awareness about diabetes and speaking out on issues affecting people living with diabetes.
  • Providing hope and improving the lives of people living with diabetes.
  • Supporting promising discoveries through research.


Main Focus

The mission of the Canadian Diabetes Association is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. This mission is delivered by:

  • providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services 
  • advocating on behalf of people with diabetes
  • supporting research
  • translating research into practical applications

Activities is home to a number of helpful diabetes resources.  The site receives 170,000+ visits each month.
D-Camps – Summer camps for kids living with type 1 diabetes
2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines
Health Education:
Diabetes GPS
Screening Programs:
Get Checked Now
Cardiovascular Risk Self-Assessment

Young Leaders in Diabetes

Kayla and Russell represent the Canadian Diabetes Association in the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD).

Read more about them and about the YLD programme here

Publications & Newsletters

2013 Annual Report

Diabetes Dialogue

Diabetes Current

Diabetes Pacesetter


Message from the President

Mr Jim Newton



Canada country information


IDF Members in NAC