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We are committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications

The statistics are sobering. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls diabetes the epidemic of the 21st century. In Canada, 1 in 3 Canadians is currently affected by diabetes or prediabetes.1 The good news: In many cases the disease can be prevented. That’s why Sun Life Financial is committed to slowing the advance of diabetes and its related complications, by improving the health and wellness of our customers, employees and the community in order to beat this disease.

Sun Life Financial’s mission is to help people achieve lifetime financial security, and with our focus on holistic health – the physical, mental and financial well-being of our customers – we can help Canadians be healthier, more financially secure and lead longer and more productive lives. Our business focus on workplace health and wellness also provides exciting opportunities for employers to raise awareness and empower Canadians to join us in our efforts to prevent and manage diabetes. For more information visit

Our employees have overwhelmingly supported our commitment to diabetes. Attending biometric screening clinics, participating in and supporting our partnerships such as the Walk to Cure Diabetes – a national event in partnership with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) – and creating and sharing great diabetes information are but a few of the important connections our employees have made to our mission.

Sun Life Financial actively promotes healthy living in communities across Canada. Our national and regional partnerships have created opportunities to further diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research from coast to coast. From funding research chairs to online health checks, from screening clinics to scientific exhibits to getting at-risk kids physically active, we are helping to educate and raise awareness for diabetes in an effort to beat this disease. Find out more about our donations in action and join our fight against diabetes!

4 pillars of support

We bring insights to this important cause gleaned through our benefits and wellness programs, and have made a major commitment to combating this disease. Our journey began in November 2012 when we announced diabetes as our philanthropic focus in health with a historic donation of $5 million over 5 years to the University Health Network in Canada. Since then, we have committed over $17 million CAD in support of:

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Donations in action

Sun Life Financial is committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. Our funding for diabetes programs encourages and helps in prevention, makes Canadians aware of this disease, furthers innovative advances in research and provides specialized care.

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  • Sun Life Financial's commitment to date: over $13 million (as of July 14, 2015) 
  • Areas funded: diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research 
  • Commitment announced: November 2012 
  • Organizations funded to date: 34 (as of October 18, 2014)
  • Canadians with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes - 2014: 1 in 4 (9 million)1 
  • Prevalence has doubled in the last decade1 
  • Canadians with diabetes (projected) – 2020: 1 in 31 
  • People with diabetes (global projection): 592 million by 20352
  • Current annual cost to the Canadian healthcare system: $12.2 billion3

1 Canadian Diabetes Association
2 International Diabetes Federation
3 Canadian Diabetes Association, An economic tsunami: the cost of diabetes in Canada