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Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) for the treatment of primary progressive MS

  • Announcement,National News Release

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is conducting a drug review for an MS treatment called Ocrevus for people living with primary progressive MS (PPMS). Ocrevus is a monoclonal antibody (that targets and removes potentially harmful B cells) for the management of relapsing... Read More

Apply to be a Member of the NS Accessibility Advisory Board

The Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate would like to inform all interested parties that applications to serve on the new Accessibility Board are now being accepted. The Board will consist on 12 members appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendations of the Minister of Justice, who is... Read More

Canadians Come Together to Raise Awareness and Funds to Help Beat MS

  • National News Release

A&W’s Annual Burgers to Beat MS Campaign Raises $1.85 Million FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, BC – September 1, 2017 – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is proud to announce its ninth annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign, which ran July 17th to August 24th, has raised a record-high of $1.85 million for... Read More

Managing your MS Treatment: MS Society of Canada shares MS Wellness Toolbox

  • National News Release

Toronto, ON – August 30, 2017 – As we prepare to settle back into the routine of school and work, the MS Society of Canada is reminding Canadians that multiple sclerosis is anything but a routine disease. MS affects each person differently and treatment options can vary drastically from person to person. Read More

Common acne medication offers new treatment for multiple sclerosis

  • National News Release

Study results offer safe and affordable treatment option Calgary, AB – May 31, 2017 – A Canadian clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), shows that minocycline, a common acne medication, can slow the progress... Read More

MS Society urges Members of Parliament to act to improve #LifeWithMS

  • National News Release

Secure income and employment, improved access, and accelerated research among top priorities Toronto, ON – April 27, 2017 – From May 1-3, 2017 representatives from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and members of the MS community will meet with parliamentarians in Ottawa to launch MS Awareness... Read More

$7+ million MS Progression Cohort to change the face of MS in Canada

  • National News Release

MS Society of Canada, Biogen Canada, and Brain Canada partner to support the first Canadian cohort that will study the progression of multiple sclerosis over time March 28, 2017 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Biogen Canada, and Brain Canada announced the launch of a $7+ million... Read More

Ten Years of Service to People Affected by MS

  • Announcement

We say farewell to a strong advocate for people living with MS after a decade of service with the MS Society of Canada. President & CEO Yves Savoie will be leaving the MS Society of Canada March 31, 2017. A strong advocate for a patient-centered health system and a catalyst for increased involvement... Read More

Public Information Sessions on Accessibility Legislation - NS

  • Announcement

The Accessibility Act , An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia , was introduced in the House on November 2, 2016, proceeded to Second Reading on November 3, and to Law Amendments on November 7, 2016. It remains with the Law Amendments Committee who are interested in hearing more from those impacted... Read More

2016 Atlantic Division Awards - ATL

  • Announcement

The 2016 Atlantic Division Awards are an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the outstanding volunteers who donate their time and expertise to help fulfill our mission. Deadline for submitting nominations has now been extended to Wednesday, December 31! Please refer to the links below for... Read More

Two of three MS national wellness research grants awarded to U of S

For Immediate Release -- NOVEMBER 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. Saskatoon, SK. Through a new grant competition from the MS Society of Canada and its affiliated MS Scientific Research Foundation, two University of Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis (MS) researchers have each been awarded $40,000 to assess novel approaches... Read More

EI Consultations for Caregivers

  • Announcement

The federal government is consulting with Canadians to introduce more flexible and inclusive support for caregivers. Online consultation is open until November 4th. Click here to participate and learn more. Currently, EI (Employment Insurance) provides temporary financial assistance for caregivers caring... Read More

MS Society and Accelerating Research

  • Announcement

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... Read More

$350,000 awarded to next generation of multiple sclerosis researchers

  • National News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON – September 7, 2016 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of scholarships for youth affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), providing over $350,000 toward the tuition and expenses of five students across Canada. The John Helou... Read More

Serve as a Community Representative on the Research Review Panel

  • Announcement

Each year the MS Society seeks the necessary scientific expertise required to review applications that are submitted to the Annual Research Competition. These grants provide critical support to researchers who conduct experiments that address important questions related to the cause, progression, diagnosis... Read More

A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada join forces for an 8th year to Beat MS

  • National News Release

$1 from every Teen Burger® sold across Canada will go towards helping those living with MS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, BC – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. celebrates Burgers to Beat MS day on Thursday, August 25 th to help Canadians living with MS. For an 8 th year, $1 from every Teen Burger®... Read More

Nova Scotia MS Bike Tour 2016

  • Announcement

On July 23 & 24 close to 200 cyclists rode approximately 120 kilometres roundtrip from Windsor to Wolfville as a part of MS Bike - the largest cycling series in North America. The 27 th annual Nova Scotia MS Bike Tour, dubbed “Vineyards and Valleys” was a wonderful weekend event that brought people... Read More

New Brunswick MS Bike Tour 2016

  • Announcement

On June 25 & 26 over 120 cyclists rode approximately 120 kilometres across New Brunswick as a part of MS Bike - the largest cycling series in North America. The 12th annual New Brunswick MS Bike Tour, dubbed “Plains and Pastures” was a wonderful weekend event that brought people together in the fight... Read More

MS Walk 2016 - Atlantic Division

  • Announcement

On Sunday, May 29, 2016 close to 2,000 walkers participated in the Medavie Blue Cross MS Walk which took place in fourteen locations across Atlantic Canada. The MS Society is dedicated to funding research and services that empower Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis. Money raised through the MS... Read More

Marilyn Lenzen receives prestigious Canada’s Volunteer Award

  • National News Release

June 9, 2016 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to acknowledge the important work of long-time volunteer Marilyn Lenzen and her recent awarding of the regional Community Leader award as part of Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA). As a Community Leader regional award recipient, Read More

People living with MS are taking control of their disease

  • National News Release

Theme of “Independence” centre stage during MS Awareness Month April 28, 2016 – Toronto, ON – Whether it’s sharing experiences online, influencing research, or lobbying government for increased support for those with chronic illness, people with multiple sclerosis are taking control of how they manage... Read More

​2016 endMS Conference

  • Announcement

The MS Society of Canada is proud to announce that the 2016 endMS Conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel from December 6th to 9th . The endMS Conference is a national research conference aimed to foster knowledge exchange on MS-related research, networking... Read More

MS Research Year in Review: 2015

  • National News Release

Promising announcements & discoveries in the areas of new treatment avenues, progressive MS, wellness & cause January 14, 2016 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and affiliated Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation (MSSRF) are committed to funding research that will... Read More

MS Society funds research to explore role of gut in pediatric MS

  • National News Release

MS Society funds new research to explore the role of the gut in pediatric multiple sclerosis November 23, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – As few as five per cent of new cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are diagnosed in children, but to better understand the disease, children may be our brightest source of hope. Read More

MS research to get major boost from Waugh Family Foundation

  • National News Release

Multiple Sclerosis Research to get major boost from Waugh Family Foundation $2M gift will build world class research program in Winnipeg November 12, 2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The University of Manitoba and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada are pleased to announce a $2 million investment in multiple... Read More

Consultations on Future Legislation re: Medical Assistance in Dying

  • Announcement,National News Release

(Updated June 2016) In February 2015, the Supreme Court made a historic decision to lift Canada’s ban on medical assistance in dying. With this decision, the Supreme Court has sent a clear and strong message to legislatures that medical assistance in dying must be permitted for a carefully defined subset... Read More

MS Society Peer Support Program - Volunteers wanted

  • Announcement

The MS Society will be launching an exciting new nation-wide Peer Support Program! This program will match trained volunteers with peers who approach the MS Society looking for support from someone who has ‘been there’. While the MS Society can provide evidence based information, this program will complement... Read More

Serve as a Community Representative on the Research Review Panel

  • Announcement

Each year the MS Society seeks the necessary scientific expertise required to review applications that are submitted to the annual research grants and awards competition. In 2012, an initiative was launched to involve people in the MS community – termed Community Representatives – in the review process. Read More

A&W Restaurants and Guests across Canada raise $1.5M to End MS

A&W Restaurants and Guests across Canada raise $1.5 million to End MS A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada thank restaurants and guests from coast to coast for their support FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, BC - September 3, 2015 - A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is proud to announce that its 7th... Read More

Muck MS Canada Volunteers Needed

Muck MS Canada - Chilliwack - October 3, 2015 Muck MS Canada Chilliwack rallies you and your friends for a romp in the mud as you tackle 14 obstacles of 5km of scenic farmland. We need volunteers to help make this an exciting and memorable event. Volunteer positions: Bag Check Banking Counting Room... Read More

A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada team up for a 7th year to End MS

  • Announcement,National News Release

$1 from every Teen Burger ® sold across Canada will go towards helping those living with MS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, BC – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. (TSE: AW.UN) celebrates its 7 th annual Cruisin’ to End MS day tomorrow, Thursday, August 27 th , to help Canadians living with MS. On this... Read More

Wellness Questionnaire

The research department is looking to launch a request for applications focused on wellness, in particular the role of nutrition, physical activity, and mental wellbeing in MS. Part of this effort involves gathering feedback from people affected by MS, to ensure that their voices and personal experiences... Read More

Nova Scotia MS Bike Tour 2015

On July 25 & 26 over 215 cyclists rode between  90 and 140 kilometres from Windsor to Wolfville and back again as a part of the MS Bike - the largest cycling series in North America. The 26th annual Nova Scotia MS Bike Tour, dubbed “Vineyards and Valleys” was a wonderful weekend event that brought people... Read More

Canadian Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Network gets boost

  • National News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canadian Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Network gets boost with $3.2 million grant Funding to help expand pediatric multiple sclerosis research and further insight into the disease at any age July 29, 2015 -- Toronto -- The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple... Read More

New Brunswick MS Bike Tour 2015

  • Announcement

On June 27 & 28 over 100 cyclists rode approximately 120 kilometres across New Brunswick as a part of the MS Bike - the largest cycling series in North America. The 11th annual New Brunswick MS Bike Tour, dubbed “Plains and Pastures” was a wonderful weekend event that brought people together in the... Read More

Atlantic Division gets new President

  • Announcement

The MS Society of Canada, Atlantic Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin (Ben) Davis to the position of President, Atlantic Division, effective July 6, 2015. Ben will lead a dedicated team of employees and volunteers to help achieve the MS Society’s mission in the Atlantic region. Read More

MS Sevens Rugby Tournament Raised $5,500 for MS - BC and Yukon DIvision

  • Announcement,National News Release

(SURREY, BC) The MS Sevens Rugby Tournament was held at the South Surrey Athletic Park on the Bayside Rugby Club field on May 31.  The event raised $5,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada BC and Yukon Division. “We chose to fundraise for MS because both Taylor Stogryn’s grandma and my grandma... Read More

​Thank you to caregivers!

A sincere thank you to those caregivers who took the time to participate in the joint survey offered by the Alzheimer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and Parkinson Society Canada. With your voice, together we can have greater impact. You told us what information and topics are important... Read More

Paying Tribute to an Inspiration

  • Announcement

99-year-old Jessie Lang fights MS in her daughter’s memory “Forever Wendy” is the name of the MS Walk team that honours Jessie Lang’s daughter Wendy, who lived with MS for 30 years. Through volunteering, advocacy work, philanthropy and many other forms of outreach, Jessie and her daughter, Signy Hansen, Read More

An oil change on Mother’s Day weekend can help someone with MS

  • National News Release

May 6, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – This weekend, Canadians can take the front seat in helping the 100,000 Canadians who live with multiple sclerosis. From May 8 to May 10, Mr. Lube Canada will donate $2 from every oil change performed at any Mr. Lube location across the country as part of “ Mr.Lube Ending... Read More

Canada: World leader in hockey, maple syrup and multiple sclerosis

  • National News Release

MS Society of Canada asks Canadians whether they will flee or fight when it comes to MS Toronto -- March 25, 2015 -- A bold new awareness campaign led by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is asking Canadians whether they will flee or fight when presented with the fact that Canada has the highest... Read More

Grand Erie Chapter is Formed

  • Announcement

The Brant County Chapter and the Simcoe-Norfolk Unit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada have joined forces! In an effort to improve access and provide more consistent service to all people living with MS in our region, we are pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2015, these two chapters came... Read More

Lizelle Mendoza: Young, Vibrant & Living Life to the Fullest

Imagine waking up one day with a large black spot in your eye. For many living with MS, this is a familiar experience. However, for Lizelle Mendoza, it was a little bit different; she was only 11 years old when it happened to her.  For years, Lizelle and her family had no idea what was wrong. Her blurry... Read More

Remyelination: The next frontier in progressive MS research

"Approved therapies for multiple sclerosis work by reducing the initial myelin injury — they do not promote myelin regeneration. My research supported in part by the MS Society of Canada could help find new drug targets to enhance myelin regeneration and help to restore lost function in people with... Read More

Reframing a diagnosis: What can be learned from MS

Written by guest contributor, Nancy Chamberlayne, M.Ed. I knew I needed a purpose, to contribute and feel stimulated, to always feel like I’m learning. Volunteering allows me to accomplish all these things, but at a pace that lets me manage my MS. Reframing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis as an opportunity... Read More

​Living Well: Mindfulness meditation for MS

Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of our experiences, thoughts and feelings. Through meditation, we may train ourselves to be mindful by focusing on our breathing and noting our thoughts without judgment. Mindfulness facilitates a full sensation of the present and... Read More

It takes a community

When Fred Franklin was having balance and mobility issues three years ago, he thought an old back injury might be to blame. It wasn’t; a specialist told him he had progressive multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis that had eluded his doctors for years. Fred says the news was shocking. He used to run his own... Read More

Legacy Giving with Jim and Diane Butlin

  • National News Release

"It's a chance to give back in a big way." - Jim and Diane Butlin talk about why they support the MS Society “The MS Society helped me understand my disease and continues to help and support both me and my family,” says Jim, explaining why he supports the MS Society both as an active fundraiser and... Read More

The Ripple Effect: MS as a family disease

"We did everything we could as a family to get answers. My mom’s MS progressed quickly. Not only was walking difficult, but a whole suite of new symptoms appeared. I was terrified ." Written by guest contributor, Cheryl Hickey, host, Entertainment Tonight I feel like I don’t have the right to be mad... Read More

​MS: The Facts You Need - Available to Download

  • Announcement

The fifth edition of Multiple Sclerosis: The Facts You Need written by Dr. Paul O’Connor offers new information on the causes and treatments of MS. This comprehensive guide to living with MS is supported by diagrams, case histories and a list of helpful organizations. Download this essential resource... Read More

Racing to End MS

Team Hume, from Hume Media Inc., will participate in Targa Newfoundland 2014 for their sixth consecutive year in September! Over the past five years, Team Hume has raised $115,000 which has gone towards leading edge research for the MS Society of Canada. This year they have currently raised $20,450... Read More

Advances in stem cell research

  • National News Release

Alex was a 24-year-old medical student when he was diagnosed with an advancing form of multiple sclerosis. “As my disabilities became more permanent, I realized my chosen therapy wasn’t working,” Alex says. “I knew I needed a more aggressive option to slow down my progression.” In the year 2000, the... Read More

Year in review

Multiple sclerosis is Canada’s disease – 100,000 Canadians have MS, and Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. As the country’s advocate for people with MS, we’re proud to fund some of the best research in the world and programs and services that help people with MS live well. In 2013, we funded... Read More

An oil change during Mother's Day weekend helps someone with MS

  • National News Release

May 7, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – This weekend, Canadians can take the front seat in helping the 100,000 Canadians who live with multiple sclerosis. From May 9 to May 11, Mr. Lube Canada will donate $2 from every oil change performed at any Mr. Lube location across the country as part of “Mr. Lube Ending... Read More

Accelerating the pace of research to end MS

  • National News Release

MS Society of Canada and The Centre for Drug Research and Development partner to focus on MS research for future MS therapies Request for Proposals: Developing Drugs for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis February 24, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Centre for Drug... Read More

B cell study may lead to treatment options for progressive MS

  • National News Release

MS Society of Canada and MS Scientific Research Foundation announce $3.6 million grant to understanding B cells for future MS therapies February 18, 2014 – Toronto – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation announced a $3.6 million grant to investigate... Read More

Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world

  • National News Release

Help turn hope into reality with this year’s matching gift challenge Listen to radio public service announcement on the year-end giving challenge. December 5, 2013 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada invites Canadians to take part in a year-end matching gift challenge for which... Read More

A&W's Cruisin' for a Cause Raises $5 Million Over 5 Years

  • National News Release

A&W Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada thank Canadians for their outstanding support August 29, 2013 – VANCOUVER, BC – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is proud to announce its 5 th annual Cruisin’ for a Cause , held last week on August 22, raised more than $1.45 million in support... Read More

Mr. Lube Ending MS…One Drop at a Time

  • National News Release

Campaign seeks to raise funds to help Canadians living with multiple sclerosis May 9, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Mr. Lube Canada will host “Mr. Lube Ending MS… One Drop at a Time” to increase awareness of multiple sclerosis and help raise funds for those affected by the disease. From May 10 to May 12, a... Read More

1 Day in May raises awareness about daily realities of multiple sclerosis

  • National News Release

May 1, 2013 – Toronto, Ontario – Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. The symptoms of MS vary and often times cannot be seen. This May, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada launches 1 Day in May , a campaign to raise awareness about MS and the lives of Canadians impacted by the disease. Every... Read More

Inspiring individuals recognized for work on MS

  • National News Release

Vancouver glee club and Ontario caregiver among recipients of MS Society National Awards Toronto, ON – April 11, 2013 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 National Awards in honour of their dedication to ending MS and supporting  people affected... Read More

Securing a brighter future for multiple sclerosis research in Canada

  • National News Release

$60 million raised to drive pace to end MS Read the endMS Impact Report March 6, 2013 – Toronto, Ontario – Through the dedicated efforts of people affected by MS across the country and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, more than $60 million was raised to secure a brighter future for MS research... Read More