Diabetes and prediabetes currently affects 1 in 3 Canadians.1

Diabetes is a leading contributor to the growth of long-term chronic illnesses and can lead to serious complications.

The good news: there are ways to prevent type 2 diabetes.
That’s why we want to provide Canadians with access to information that empowers them to take the steps they need to manage or stop diabetes. By improving the health and wellness of our Clients, Employees, advisors and the community, we’re helping build brighter, healthier communities for life.


We want to help Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. Our focus is on providing products, solutions and access to information about managing your holistic health. This means your physical, mental and financial well-being. This way, we can help Canadians be healthier and more financially secure. Ultimately, it’s a way to help our Clients lead longer, more productive lives.


Our Employees have shown their support by:

  • signing up for biometric screening,
  • supporting our partnerships like the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes and Ride to Defeat Diabetes (a national event with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and
  • creating and sharing diabetes information.


We aim to build sustainable, healthier communities for life. Our philanthropic health pillar focuses on raising awareness about diabetes prevention. How? Through education on how to manage the disease and approaches to care initiatives.

Take this 2-minute diabetes test

Diabetes and prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians.1
Find out if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes through this quick assessment.


Take the 2-minute test

Diabetes donations in action

In 2012, we announced our focus on diabetes with a historic donation of $5 million over 5 years to the University Health Network in Canada. Since then, we’ve committed over $37 million to programs that support diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research.

More about our diabetes donations

Pillars of diabetes support

We’re committed to the prevention and management of diabetes. By focusing our support on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research – we aim to build healthier, more sustainable communities.

More about our pillars of diabetes support


  • Dunk for Diabetes

What’s Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes? It’s an innovative type 2 diabetes awareness and prevention program. This program works in partnership with the Toronto Raptors, NBA Canada, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. We're encouraging healthy habits through:

  • basketball-inspired fitness challenges,
  • nutrition education,
  • encouragement from Raptors players and Sun Life advisors, and
  • exciting prizes.


More about Dunk for Diabetes

1 Canadian Diabetes Association