Where Your Money Goes

JDRF has a bold plan for the future of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in Canada. As better treatments unfold and the prospect of curing this disease rests on the horizon, we remain ever-committed to directing more resources to launch and sustain innovative research and clinical trials from coast-to-coast.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 saw many highlights and achievements that helped us to continue to advance our mission.

In research

32 cutting-edge projects and clinical trials supported in Canada

19 countries scope of JDRF’s 2020 international research portfolio

60+ clinical trials supported in Canada and around the world to bring new treatments to market faster

100+ new research grants for the world’s most promising studies

$85,000,000+ CAD equivalent JDRF donor dollars invested in T1D research worldwide

Through our advocacy

33 Kids for a Cure youth delegates, 40 parents, 12 volunteers and 6 staff engaged 90 MPs and senators in 77 online meetings and 5 events

72+ MPs and senators signed letters of support for JDRF’s pre-budget recommendations and 12+ committed to speaking to the ministers of finance and health

Recruited 4 new Co-Chairs for the federal All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus and added 17 new members bringing total membership to 83 MPs and senators

Our Access for All Campaign, launched in 2019, aims to make T1D technologies more affordable and accessible to all Canadians living with T1D. Here is the progress we’ve seen through expanded coverage:

1100+ online advocacy actions sent to federal and provincial politicians including 800+ emails in support of Access For All campaign 

By pivoting to virtual fundraising events
and innovative ways to give

The launch of Beyond Insulin®, an individual giving program that will help accelerate JDRF’s mission to find new treatments that will slow, prevent and one day cure T1D. In 2021, members committed $25,600 towards the CREATE research project into cures.

$0.6M raised at the BC-wide Virtual Gala

$1.9M raised in the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF virtual edition with over 5000 participants

$2.5M raised in the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, rebranded as JDRF House ParT1D for a Cure in 2020 with just under 4000 participants

To our community

Launched in September 2020, the virtual Connection Series linked registrants from over 80 unique communities in Canada with online peer supports reaching rural and remote areas.

JDRF engaged 232 Youth Ambassadors from across Canada in 2020. Youth Ambassadors share their personal stories to educate Canadians about living with T1D.

673 newly diagnosed Canadians who received a JDRF Bag of Hope through a diabetes education centre. Each kit contains T1D information, resources, and Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes

Launched Let’s Talk T1D – a new educational series that brings experts from across the country to the T1D community through a series of virtual educational events and community hang outs, with 853 attendees.

Thank you to everyone who helped support JDRF and bring us closer to our goal of a world one day free from type 1 diabetes.

Click here to read JDRF’s 2020 Impact Report