Diabetes Canada

1300-522 University Ave
Toronto, ON M5G 2R5
President & CEO: Laura Syron
Board Chair: Catherine Potechin

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0744 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 59 cents are available for programs.

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About Diabetes Canada:

Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin, helped create the Diabetes Association of Ontario in the 1940s. A few years later, in 1953, diabetic associations from across Canada came together to form the Canadian Diabetes Association, also known as Diabetes Canada.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body has difficulty regulating blood sugar levels. Elevated levels of blood glucose over time can lead to organ, blood vessel and nerve damage which can be life-threatening. The charity reports that diabetes has become an epidemic in Canada, with 11 million Canadians currently living with diabetes or prediabetes and 480 more diagnoses each day. The charity reports that every 24 hours, 20 Canadians die of diabetes-related complications. Diabetes contributes to 30% of strokes, 40% of heart attacks, 50% of kidney failures, and 70% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations.
Diabetes Canada helps those affected by diabetes live healthy lives by providing education and support and advocating for access to quality diabetes care. The charity also aims to prevent the onset and consequences of diabetes and discover a cure.
The Improving Management and Prevention program represented 63% of Diabetes Canada's program spending in F2020. This program advocates for policy changes that promote healthier lifestyles among Canadians. Diabetes 360º is a 7-year strategic framework created by the charity in 2018 that outlines guidelines and recommendations for federal and provincial governments. To promote its implementation, Diabetes Canada had meetings with all 13 provincial and territorial governments and the Federal Minister of Health. The charity hopes the guidelines will address the current diabetes epidemic in Canada and prevent future cases. Diabetes Canada also offers online diabetes resources and information. In F2020, 23,610 people accessed support and resources through the charity's hotline.
The Drive for Excellence in Diabetes Care program represented 14% of total program spending in F2020. This program supports healthcare providers and provides them with current diabetic knowledge. In F2018, Diabetes Canada launched its refreshed Clinical Practice Guidelines. The guidelines provide patients with tools to advocate for their healthcare and offer healthcare providers the resources to give patients the best diabetes care. In F2020, 370,000 unique visitors accessed the Clinical Practice Guidelines online. Diabetes Canada also hosts webinars and local educational events to further providers’ knowledge. The Diabetes Frontline Forum virtual event provided more than 550 healthcare providers with current information on diabetes care in F2020.
The Helping Children and Adults with T1D program was 12% of Diabetes Canada’s program spending. The charity offers summer camps, called D-Camps, in nine locations across Canada for young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The camps help participants learn how to live with the disease and build connections within the community. In F2020, 430 campers participated in five virtual D-camps.
Research represented the final 10% of program spending in F2020. In hopes of finding a cure for diabetes, Diabetes Canada funds research projects working towards developing new treatments and ultimately a cure. In F2020, Diabetes Canada funded a further five research projects. In the last ten years, the charity reports it awarded $55.3m with more than 450 annual grants.
In F2019, Diabetes Canada launched the Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program (CDPP) aimed to prevent type 2 diabetes. The free 12-month program provides a personal health coach, online resources, and monthly workshops to those at risk.

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Results and Impact

Diabetes Canada's advocacy work has helped provinces across Canada implement or advance diabetic strategies based on Diabetes 360º. In F2020, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island 

In March 2020, Diabetes Canada’s advocacy work contributed to the Government of Yukon permanently funding continuous glucose monitors for those 18 years or younger who are living with type 1 diabetes. A new policy in Saskatchewan in May 2020 also makes schools accommodate the health and safety needs of students with type 1 diabetes. In F2020, the provincial government of Prince Edward Island launched a renew diabetes strategy which includes expanded access to insulin pumps and glucose test strips.

Diabetes Canada's funded research projects are contributing to scientific breakthroughs. In 2021, Dr. Sapieha and his team discovered that diabetic neurons in the eye turn off to protect themselves from diabetes-related stress. The research group is trying to "wake" the neurons to prevent sight problems in diabetics. In 2019, Dr. Ahmad Haidar and his team developed an artificial pancreas. This device would automatically deliver insulin to assist glucose management for people with type 1 diabetes.
While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Diabetes Canada’s results and impactThis charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).


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Diabetes Canada had donations and special events revenue of $22.0m in F2020. The charity received $3.2m in government funding representing 11% of total revenues. The charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA was not yet available for F2020. This may impact Ci's reported government funding. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 34% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 41%. For every dollar donated, 59 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
Diabetes Canada has $18.8m in funding reserves, of which $1.3m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 176% or around a year and three-quarters of annual program and granting costs with current reserves. This is an increase from funding reserves of $11.4m in F2019 due to a 41% reduction in overall spending.
In F2020 Diabetes Canada paid external fundraisers $379,700 to collect $153,220 in donations. Meaning it cost Diabetes Canada $2.48 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.
Diabetes Canada's Declutter operation, which picks up used clothing and donated household goods, is held in a separate trust that transfers the net profit to Diabetes Canada. It reports selling the donated clothing and items to help fund research and the charity’s D-Camps. The operation has an exclusive partnership with Value Village. In F2020, Diabetes Canada received $3.3m from the operation compared to $6.3m in F2019 and $5.0m in F2018. The decrease in funds received may be due to the program's suspension in F2020 due to covid-19. Currently, the program is active.   
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Diabetes Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 7, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%6.5%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.4%37.4%44.2%
Total overhead spending 40.9%43.9%51.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 175.9%51.2%15.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 21,21126,06423,134
Government funding 3,2262,0872,736
Fees for service 4462,3572,577
Business activities (net) 3,2946,3065,035
Special events 7572,0872,736
Investment income 156130(93)
Other income 131121123
Total revenues 29,22139,15236,248
Program costs 7,61716,58219,265
Grants 2,4323,3324,977
Administrative costs 1,9072,5392,518
Fundraising costs 7,55010,53011,435
Total spending 19,50632,98238,195
Cash flow from operations 9,7156,170(1,947)
Capital spending 2703541,346
Funding reserves 18,81811,4224,906

Note: Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Income from other charitable activities in the audited financial statements has been included in special events fundraising. Government funding was reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA for F2018 and F2019. The F2020 T3010 data was not available at the time of this update.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 178

Avg. compensation: $76,251

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were added to a previous profile:

Founded in 1953, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is a registered charity that works toward a world free from diabetes. They lead the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure. Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin, helped create the Diabetes Association of Ontario in the 1940s—which became the CDA in 1953. Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, including those who are undiagnosed. By 2025, 13.6 million Canadians will have diabetes or prediabetes.

In the ongoing fight against diabetes, here’s how the CDA helps:

  • The CDA’s programs, education and services support people living with diabetes in their daily fight to live as well as possible with diabetes;
  • The CDA’s world-leading Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada represent the best evidence-based direction for health-care professionals;
  • The CDA’s funding ensures Canadian researchers remain at the forefront of diabetes breakthroughs. Since 1975, the CDA has invested more than $130 million in leading-edge diabetes research; and,
  • Advocacy efforts have led governments to develop policies that respect the rights of people living with diabetes and access treatments they need to live healthy lives.

Charity Contact

Website: www.diabetes.ca
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