MS Society and Accelerating Research
The work of the MS Society of Canada is dedicated to a cure for MS and enhancing the quality of life for all people affected by MS. The following key values are at the forefront of what the organization strives to do.
Keep those affected by MS at the centre of their work.
Provide meaningful benefit to the greatest possible number of people affected by MS.
Give hope to people affected by multiple sclerosis.
The Listening to People Affected by MS initiative revealed that people living with MS wanted a higher proportion of funding directed towards research. In order to achieve this exciting goal of Accelerating Research, changes are being made to make the MS Society’s core programs and services more consistent and accessible throughout the country.
The MS Society, Atlantic Division is working with community-based partners to ensure enhanced core programs are available in communities throughout the four Atlantic provinces. Information and support services will include connecting people with resources in their own communities, and advocacy will remain an important part of the organization’s mandate, lobbying for improved programming, services and accessibility.
As the Atlantic Division works through improving and enhancing core programs and services, changes will be introduced and efficiencies created within the Quality of Life Grants Program.
The final application deadline for new applicants for the Special Assistance Program (incontinence supplies and emergency response monitoring) is December 1, 2016. Current clients will continue to be able to access the grant until 2019.
The final application deadline for new applicants for the Transportation Assistance Program (long distance travel to medical appointments) is December 15, 2016. Current clients will continue to be able to access the grant until the end of 2017.
The Being Well with MS program will retire in December 2016. The final application deadline is December 15, 2016.
The Quality of Life Equipment Grant Program is a core program that will continue. Over the next three years, new core programs and services will be introduced across Atlantic Canada, including a friendly visiting program, legal advocacy program, peer matching program and a nationwide information and support service which you can reach at 1-844-859-6789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These changes will give people living with MS better programming and services, while still focusing on the research into the cause and cure for MS, and will empower persons affected by MS to achieve the highest possible quality of life while living with the daily challenges of MS.