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A group of people stand in front of the accessible climbing tower at CNIB Lake Joe. From left to right: MPP Graydon Smith, Monique Pilkington, Executive Director, CNIB Lake Joe, Moreen Miller, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, Eugene Chong, CNIB Lake Joe General Manager, and Emilee Schevers, CNIB Lake Joe Staff.

$299,400 Grow Grant from OTF in 2020 has Helped CNIB Lake Joe Empower Youth Impacted by Blindness

July 17, 2023
On Friday, MPP Graydon Smith and Moreen Miller, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer met with CNIB representatives to learn more about the impact that a generous, three-year $299,400 Grow grant with its camp at Lake Joe. The grant enabled CNIB Lake Joe – Canada’s only fully accessible camp for people with sight loss – to empower more youth who are blind or low vision to play sports and lead active lifestyles.
Representatives from CNIB and the Brandt Group of Companies pose together for a photo while holding the $2M cheque at the Saskatchewan Roughriders Game. There are two CNIB Guide Dogs wearing green jerseys.

Brandt Group of Companies Makes Historic $2M Donation to CNIB, Supporting Operations, Mobile Hub Expansion, and CNIB Guide Dogs

July 07, 2023
[Regina, July 7, 2023] - The Brandt Group of Companies, a long-standing supporter of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), has made an unprecedented contribution of $2 million in support of CNIB programs in Western Canada. This momentous donation, which was made possible by Brandt’s Thanks a Billion program, marks the largest single gift ever received by CNIB Saskatchewan in CNIB's 100+ years of serving the community.
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Canada Disability Benefit Act passes Parliament

June 23, 2023
Yesterday, Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, received royal assent from Canada’s Governor General and CNIB Patron, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon. This important step concludes the legislative process and allows Cabinet to build the new Canada Disability Benefit. CNIB has signed onto a joint release with other disability organizations to celebrate this accomplishment and prepare for the regulatory process.
A litter of 5 puppies sleeps on a dog bed. Four puppies are black female labs (Jedda, Makali, Hera, Ella), and one is a yellow male lab (Angus).

Meet CNIB Guide Dogs first litter of puppies! 

April 03, 2023
In February, a wonderful thing happened at CNIB Guide Dogs – we welcomed five beautiful puppies into the world!
A group of five golden-lab puppies in training wearing yellow training vests.

CNIB Guide Dogs needs volunteer puppy raisers in Calgary, Halifax, Toronto (GTA) and Winnipeg!

May 08, 2023
We are looking for people who can care for one of our pups in their first year of training to start them on their journey to becoming guide dogs. Previous experience with dogs is not required. If you’re eager to learn, CNIB Guide Dogs will provide you with support and training so you can feel confident in your volunteer role. 
An image of an older man getting out of a streetcar and exiting onto a busy street. He uses a white cane, and is wearing a red and blue collared shirt, khakis and a fedora. He is smiling.

Federal Government Officially Adopts Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

May 30, 2023
For pedestrians who are blind or partially sighted, sound is an essential component of safe and independent navigation. Environmental cues and audible signals, like the noise generated by a combustion engine, can help people with sight loss to orient themselves, identify potential hazards, understand the flow of traffic, and determine when it’s safe to cross a street.
"Photo of participants in the Talent Accelerator Program, a part of CNIB's Come to Work Program"

CNIB partners with RBC Foundation, through RBC Future Launch, to empower the youth of today for the jobs of tomorrow.

May 24, 2023
TORONTO, May 25, 2023 – CNIB – Canada’s largest non-profit supporting people who are blind or partially sighted – is pleased to announce a new partnership that will give young people the tools and resources they need to succeed, both now and into the future.
A woman walking outside holding the elbow of her guide.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant helps revitalize CNIB’s Volunteer Programs

May 23, 2023
In early 2022, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) received a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that has helped it to reimagine its volunteer program in Ontario. This funding has been critical as CNIB rebuilds its in-person and volunteer-led programs and continues to offer virtual programs with volunteer support.
 A woman in workout clothes wears an insulin pump that is clipped to her pants at the hip.

Update on Petition e-4177 (Health) – re: Accessible Insulin Pumps

May 23, 2023
While the Minister of Health tabled the response to Petition e-4177 on April 19, CNIB finds it inadequate as it continues to place the responsibility on the manufacturer to ensure medical devices, such as insulin pumps, are accessible. Health regulators such as Health Canada have a role to play in guaranteeing that devices coming into the market are accessible, usable and safe. For far too long, regulators have also accepted warnings provided by manufacturers that insulin pumps are “not safe for use by people who are blind” which further perpetuates inequity in healthcare access. 
A yellow banner featuring an illustration of two cartoon faces outlined in a thick, black paintbrush design. Text: CNIB Community Meeting. Réunion de la communauté d’INCA

CNIB Community Meeting

November 01, 2021
Join us for the CNIB Community Meeting in your province. This will be an opportunity for CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada to provide you with organizational updates as we prepare for a post-pandemic world. As we take this time to connect to ensure we continue to provide innovative and inclusive programs and services for Canadians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind, we want to hear from you.