About CNIB Research

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Our Mission

  • To collaborate with the research community in measuring and understanding the impact of sight loss on social determinants of health (social inclusion) within the Canadian population
  • To develop a longitudinal understanding of the impact of programmatic intervention on social determinants of health within our client population
  • To compile and curate a comprehensive series of metrics that document the impact of sight loss on social determinants of health in Canada
  • To educate relevant stakeholders about the key findings arising from our research endeavours

The Four Strategic Priorities of CNIB Research

  • Employment and educational outcomes of Canadians living with sight loss
  • Technology access, utilization and literacy
  • Health-care provider attitudes and the integration of vision loss rehabilitation within the health care system.   
  • Accessibility and equality in communities

How We Work

The Research Team carries out our mission by:

  • Fielding original qualitative and quantitative research to inform strategy;
  • Analyzing internal and external data sources to produce relevant insights;
  • Disseminating resources and tools that enable understanding of the lived experience of Canadians with sight loss;
  • Supporting locally or externally driven research relevant to our mission; and,
  • Granting funds through donor-endowed research awards.

Interested in CNIB Research?

Are you an academic researcher who is pursuing a research agenda or project related to our strategic priorities? If yes, we are interested in collaborating! Please reach out to Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, at research@cnib.ca.

Getting involved as a research volunteer with CNIB means that you will be making a lasting difference for people who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB's research team helps to support the direction of programs and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted in your community through:

  • surveys
  • focus groups
  • literature reviews
  • qualitative and quantitative data analysis

If you have experience with any of the above research methods and are interested in helping to support the blind and partially sighted in your community and across Canada, please contact us.  

Learn More about CNIB Research

Our Current Projects

Completed Projects

The Research Intent Process

Research Awards