Walking the Path to Change

A bold new plan

For almost a century, Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have had to rely on CNIB, a charity, for the post-vision loss rehabilitation therapy they need to thrive. But we believe that no one in Canada should have to turn to a charity to access services required to achieve basic independence and to live a full and productive life.

That’s why in September 2014, CNIB launched our bold new strategic plan, the Path to Change. CNIB is asking provincial governments to take responsibility for this rehabilitation therapy by integrating it into the public health care system in every province so that high-quality, timely and essential services are available to and covered for every Canadian who needs it. In doing so, CNIB will be able to focus our resources on providing Canadians with vision loss with an even greater range of vital, life-enhancing services, like recreation programs, emotional support and advocacy. 

Key breakthroughs

As we took our first steps down the Path to Change in the last year, our critical focus has been reaching out to stakeholders to share our strategy, engaging communities and creating dialogues with members of government in every province.

As a result of this outreach, we’ve seen promising early progress in several provinces across Canada:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador is leading the way by taking responsibility for rehabilitation therapy within the public health care system.
  • In Ontario, discussion on this topic has begun with Premier Kathleen Wynne.
  • In Alberta, our advocates known as CNIB Champions secured commitments for full funding from candidates representing all major political parties during the provincial election in May.
  • In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health has been supportive of integration and is working towards a sustainable funding model.

We look forward to sharing positive news from all provinces in the months to come.

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