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CNIB Foundation receives $700,000 gift from Scotiabank on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 15, 2019
Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to celebrate the vast contributions and achievements of people with disabilities, the CNIB Foundation received a gift of $700,000 from Scotiabank to help create a brighter future for youth with sight loss in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Announcing Ben Mulroney as CNIB Brand Ambassador

November 28, 2019
As a proudly Canadian organization, there’s no better way to reach those audiences than by welcoming a quintessentially Canadian icon to champion our cause.

To that end, we are thrilled to announce that Ben Mulroney is joining the CNIB Foundation as our new brand ambassador.
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CNIB Guide Dogs celebrates class of 2019

November 18, 2019
After extensive training, CNIB Guide Dogs is proud to announce the class of 2019. Twenty-five partnerships across Canada graduated today. Graduation ceremonies were held in St. John's, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
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CNIB Lake Joe Roadshow

January 31, 2019
Join us at the CNIB Lake Joe roadshow in your community! Find out what's new at CNIB Lake Joe, meet the team, and learn more about the upcoming season. We love talking about CNIB Lake Joe and are here to answer any questions you might have!
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CNIB Response: Ontario Regulation 493/17 Consultation

November 07, 2019
Recently, the Government of Ontario proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act that will allow food premise operators the discretion to permit pet dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises (i.e., restaurant patios).

With the proposed changes to permit pet dogs on patio areas of restaurants and bars, we have requested from government that the draft regulation must make an explicit distinction between pets and service animals (such as guide dogs). And, it must address the existing legislation as it relates to the legal rights of guide dog handlers and their access to public places, including exterior and interior areas of restaurants and bars.
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CNIB Response: Ontario's Data Strategy

November 06, 2019
CNIB welcomes the introduction of an Ontario Data Strategy and the opportunity to respond to the government's consultation to ensure the proposed solutions will benefit more than 680,000 Ontarians living with sight loss. Historically, interactions with essential government services have relied heavily on lengthy paperwork processes, which are often inaccessible to people who are blind or partially sighted. With accessibility software (e.g. magnifiers/screen readers), Ontarians living with sight loss should be able to fully access and engage with the Ontario government's digital platforms. We want to work together to ensure online government services are fully accessible for everyone.
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CNIB Response: E-Scooter Consultation Ontario Ministry of Transportation – September 2019

September 09, 2019
CNIB Ontario welcomes the opportunity to respond to the government regarding an e- scooter pilot project in Ontario. There are more than 681,000 Ontarians who are blind or partially sighted, and many more vulnerable pedestrian users who are living other disabilities.
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Educate to Advocate – Empowering Advocacy Across Ontario

August 21, 2019
To strengthen our voices and support the professional development of our Ontario advocates, ambassadors and CNIB staff, we’ve launched Educate to Advocate – an advocacy program designed to drive achievement and equality through education.  

Learn how to advocate from the experts! 
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CNIB Foundation launches Connecting the Dots

October 23, 2019
Today, the CNIB Foundation was pleased to welcome Honorary Patron, the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, as it launched Connecting the Dots – a nationwide conference focused on braille, technology and employment for people with sight loss. 

Coinciding with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the two-day event invites Canadians to learn more about current trends and innovations in the sight loss community, network with talent who are blind or partially sighted, experience the latest advancements in assistive technologies, and meet a community of entrepreneurs.
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Microsoft launches free app to help Canadians navigate the world around them

October 08, 2019
As the next step on the journey to creating a more accessible Canada for all, Microsoft Canada announced the availability of Soundscape, an app that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience.