Call your Representative

Call your representative

Don’t have time to take a meeting? Support JDRF’s #AccessForAll campaign by calling your provincial representative TODAY. Explain how advanced glucose monitoring devices are life-changing for those with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and why it’s important provincial governments make them affordable and help reduce out-of-pocket costs for their constituents.

If you’ve got five minutes, a phone call can make a big impression on your local politician. Elected officials care most about the issues that matter most to their constituents. Many carefully track the number of letters, emails and calls they receive on any given subject.

It’s important for provincial politicians to understand that continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (FGM) devices are life-changing technologies that help people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) achieve healthier overall blood sugar numbers by taking the guesswork out of blood sugar management.

Evidence shows that use of these devices helps lower blood glucose (HbA1C) and helps users spend more time in target range. This means fewer incidences of life-threatening lows (hypoglycemia) or highs (hyperglycemia) which keeps people healthy and out of the hospital and significantly reduces the probability of long-term complications such heart attack, stroke and nerve damage. These long term complications are extremely costly to taxpayers.

Step 1 – Identify your MP

Use this handy look up tool developed by Open North to identify your elected officials using your postal code. Enter your postal code in the box provided and click the search button.

Step 2 – Prepare for the call

  • Download our advocate briefing and speaking notes.
  • Decide in advance what you’ll say. Write your main points down so you’ll remember.
  • Be sure to state exactly what action you want your representative to take – in this case, we want them to write or speak to the Minister of Finance to express their support for JDRF’s Pre-Budget Recommendation.

Step 3 – Place the call

  • “May I speak to…” [Name of your local representative].
  • If your MLA/MPP/MNA/MHA is not available, ask “Could I speak to the person who handles health care matters?”
  • If neither is available, ask to leave a message.
  • Tell them your name, your profession (optional), that you live in the riding, that you’re concerned about the high cost of living with type 1 diabetes and are calling to ask them to support provincial funding for advanced glucose monitoring technologies. Briefly explain how having a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) or flash glucose monitor (FGM) device will change (or has changed, if you are already using the technology) your life. Tell them why it’s important that they help make them affordable by reducing the out-of-pocket costs of these life-changing technologies.
  • Be prepared to give your address or telephone number in case your representative wants to respond. MLAs/MPPs/MNAs/MHAs tend to be interested in hearing from their constituents and use addresses and phone numbers to identify constituents.
  • If asked for more information, please do answer their questions. You can also offer to email them a copy of JDRF’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission.
  • Thank them for the call.

Lets turn type one into type none