Diabetes 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, promotes awareness, furthers innovative advances in research and provides specialized care.

National partnerships and programs:

University Health Network (UHN)

Sun Life and UHN have been proud partners since 2016. Together, we established the Sun Life Diabetes College, an online resource hub. It provides best practices in type 2 diabetes self-management and delivers evidence-based courses for patients, their families and health-care providers across Canada, and online globally. ​ The resource hub is available in eight different countries and languages.

Right to Play

Sun Life proudly supports the health pillar of Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program which supports the health and well-being of Indigenous youth in Canada.

Spirit North

Through sport and play, Spirit North works to empower children and youth. Their goal is to improve physical and mental health, while building resilience and leadership skills. Sun Life's support will enable Spirit North to expand their programs to new communities across Canada and support more Indigenous children and youth.

University of Winnipeg

Sun Life’s partnership with University of Winnipeg helped create a program to educate youth and children on prevention of type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Awareness and Education Program helps children between the ages of 10 and 15 learn about diabetes and prevention strategies including good nutrition and physical activity. It encourages the development of healthy habits, which is crucial in the prevention and management of diabetes.

William Osler Health Foundation

In partnership with the William Osler Health Foundation, Sun Life supports the Sun Life Healthy Active Living Initiative. The program supports people at risk for or with prediabetes in the form of workshops on food preparation, diet, and exercise.

Wilfrid Laurier University:

Sun Life’s partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University helped establish the Sun Life Centre for Physically Active Communities. The program provides physical activity programming for youth and children, including those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in high priority neighborhoods.

Diabetes Québec

In 2012, Sun Life became a major partner of Diabetes Québec to advance our new commitment to prevent type 2 diabetes. Over years of collaboration, Sun Life’s contributions have enabled Diabetes Québec to:

  • Create the first website dedicated to the prevention of type 2 diabetes in Quebec.
  • Run a televised diabetes prevention advertising campaign.
  • Operate diabetes screening clinics for employees and the public.
  • Establish a funding program for local affiliated associations.
  • Develop educational tools about the mental health impacts of diabetes (stress, depression and acceptance).

Promote Universi-D, the diabetes school launched by Diabetes Québec.

Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation

In the fall of 2020, Sun Life became presenting sponsor of the Foundation’s BLEU BLANC BOUGE Ball Hockey program. Sun Life’s support will help establish the program in 6 regions in the province – initially Montreal, Laval and Montérégie and then Estrie, Lanaudière and Mauricie. With sessions in the fall, winter and spring, the program will run in multiple communities across Quebec, allowing more than 1,900 children to learn the basics of ball hockey and develop new social and motor skills. By focusing on teamwork and fun, the program helps children in underserved communities develop the tools and skills they need to make healthy lifestyle choices and live a more active life, which in turn will help protect them from chronic diseases like diabetes.

Montreal Heart Institute Foundation

In 2018, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation announced the creation of the Diabetes Prevention Clinic sponsored by Sun Life. The only one of its kind in Canada, this multidisciplinary program is offered at the Montreal Heart Institute's EPIC Center, the largest cardiovascular disease prevention centre in Canada. The program meets a growing demand for preventive services for patients with diabetes and prediabetes, chronic conditions currently affecting 1 in 3 Canadians. The Diabetes Prevention Clinic’s mission is to turn the tide on diabetes through early detection and healthy lifestyle strategies and offers concrete and practical health programs that have a positive and lasting impact on patient health.


Sun Life is a major partner of TOUGO, an initiative of the Government of Quebec. This philanthropic partnership aligns with Sun Life’s diabetes prevention and mental health commitments. TouGo is a new, 100% Quebec platform of tips, tools and contests aimed at inspiring Quebecers to take charge of their physical and mental health through simple actions every day.