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Government of Canada Announces One-Time Disability Payment

  • Announcement

Support payment of $600 to help persons with disabilities during COVID-19 ***Update: Approximately 1.6 million persons with disabilities will start receiving the one-time payment of up to $600 on October 30, 2020. *** ***Update: The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit has been extended to... Read the full article

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Last updated – October 23 Disease-Modifying Treatment Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) The Government of Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), which causes a respiratory disease. This is a rapidly evolving situation... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s August 2020 eNews

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In this issue... Community Profile: Charlotte Ward MS Society of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Award $1.5M to Study Efficacy of Cannabis in Treating MS Symptoms Treatment Optimization in Multiple Sclerosis: New Recommendations from the Canadian MS Working Group Burgers to Beat MS... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s September 2020 eNews

  • Announcement

In this issue... We're Only a Phone Call Away Provincial Election Community Profile — Gerrie Taylor NeuroSask: Active and Connected — Extended for Fall! Treatment Optimization in MS: New Recommendations from the Canadian MS Working Group [Updated Link] 1:1 Peer Support Program — Introducing OneCall... Read the full article

Christine Sinclair, A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada Announce Gold Medal Results for the First-Ever Take Out Burgers to Beat MS Day

  • National News Release

$1.3 million raised for Canadians living with multiple sclerosis VANCOUVER, BC, September 2, 2020 – The 12th annual A&W Canada Burgers to Beat MS campaign, in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada , raised $1.3 million in support of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). In 12... Read the full article

Report: Employment Insurance Sickness Benefit Policy

  • Announcement

2019 Multi-Stakeholder Policy Roundtable During the COVID-19 response, government quickly and aggressively experimented with policy innovation to give individuals and businesses the support they needed. Post-COVID, they will be taking stock of what worked best, where innovation discovered administrative... Read the full article

A statement from the MS Society of Canada

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We are outraged and heartbroken by the violence and injustices perpetrated against the Black community. We are enraged and filled with anguish over the brutality and injustices faced by the Indigenous community. We recognize the systemic racism that exists in this country. As an organization we realize... Read the full article

MS Society of Canada Launches Virtual Carnation Pinning Campaign

  • National News Release

On May 30, 2020, World MS Day, the MS Society of Canada is holding a Virtual Carnation Pinning for politicians across the country and the global MS community to recognize MS Awareness Month and World MS Day. As part of our ongoing work to support Canadians affected by MS and #MakeMSMatter, this event... Read the full article

Would you like to expand your knowledge about MS?

  • Announcement

More about MS: Coming of Age , an online education program offered through the Consortium of MS Centres (CMSC), will discuss a variety of important topics including aging with MS, rehabilitation and wellness, advances in MS research, and you will hear from a neurologist who is living with MS. The program... Read the full article

Uniting Virtually to Support Canadians Affected by MS

  • National News Release

MS Awareness Month brings MS community together to take collective action toward a world free of multiple sclerosis Toronto, ON – April 29, 2020 – This May, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada brings the MS community together for MS Awareness Month with the launch of #WeChallengeMS , a nationwide... Read the full article

Hear from the Experts: MS and COVID-19

  • Announcement

Join the MS Society for a series of 3 webinars with MS specialists from various disciplines who will provide you with tools and current information to help you navigate this challenging time. Areas of focus will include known and possible impacts of COVID-19 for people living with MS, including disease... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s March 2020 eNews

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In this issue... Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk MS Care Pathway Event: Learn More MS Self-Massage Workshop Upcoming Webinars 1:1 Peer Support Program Recruiting Participants Under the Microscope: Researcher Profile Art Against MS Initiative: Exhibition Opening  Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability... Read the full article

Introducing the MS Society of Canada Young Adult Committee

  • Announcement

The MS Society of Canada is pleased to introduce a new Young Adult Committee designed to ensure that the unique needs of young adults affected by multiple sclerosis are reflected in delivering on our mission – to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change . The 2020/2021 committee... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division's December 2019 eNews

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In this issue... CKRM Musical Christmas Card for MS Returns December 15th National Philanthropy Day Recognizes Top Fundraiser Manage Holiday Season Stress MS Connect Conference Speakers' Videos Thank You To Our 2019 Sponsors! Holiday Office Closure Read more Read the full article

Government of Alberta Supports Canadian Prospective Cohort Study to Understand Progression in Multiple Sclerosis (CanProCo) with $1 Million Investment

  • National News Release

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada , Brain Canada Foundation , Biogen Canada , and Hoffmann-La Roche Limited (Roche Canada) announced today a $1 million investment from the Government of Alberta , in partnership with the department of Economic Development, Trade... Read the full article

MS Society Hosts 2019 endMS Conference

  • Announcement

Largest MS conference in Canada showcases the latest in MS research From December 8-11, the MS Society of Canada is pleased to be hosting the 5 th endMS Conference! The largest multiple sclerosis (MS) conference in Canada, endMS aims to foster knowledge exchange about MS, provide networking opportunities... Read the full article

Uncovering the facts: MS and children

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Dr. Banwell’s research is uncovering critical information about pediatric MS and moving us closer to understanding MS genetics When Dr. Brenda Banwell and her team launched the Canadian Pediatric Demyelinating Disease study in 2004, most Canadians didn’t even know that multiple sclerosis (MS) could... Read the full article

Accessible Canada Act Adopted

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June 21, 2019 –  A historical moment for Canadians, “ An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada ” has been adopted by the Senate and House of Commons. Known as the Accessible Canada Act , this is the first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities. The Act... Read the full article

Spicers Canada Brings the MS Cause Closer to the Finish Line

  • Announcement,National News Release

Cross-Canada cycling tour set to raise $100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Toronto, ON – June 6, 2019 – On June 8 the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Spicers Canada are delighted to kick off the Spicers-Jackson-Boyer-Bergeron Ride Across Canada for MS in support of multiple sclerosis... Read the full article

MS Society Invests in Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis Research

  • Announcement

Toronto, ON – March 21, 2019 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada announced today a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to provide $1.5 million in funding for cannabis and MS research. The funding will go towards research into the use of cannabis to manage symptoms... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s February eNews

In this issue... Sharing the love this February Registration open for Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walks Introducing the 2019 Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk Ambassador CPP-D Application Assistance Mood Changes and MS MS Bike invites you to join the fun MS Society thanks K+S Potash Canada for 5 great... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s January eNews

In this issue we feature members of the MS community displaying true acts of greatness... Princess the cow moooves donors to action Kudos to our 2018 Caregiver Award recipient Superstar volunteer making a splash SHA recognizes the efforts of MS patient advocate 1:1 Peer Support available MS Connects... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s December eNews

In this issue, we look back at an amazing November and forward with hope into the festive season and the New Year... Jana Danielson named first SK Women Against MS Honouree WAMS Gala Luncheon celebrates trailblazers in Saskatchewan MS Connects Conference a big hit with participants and presenters Dinner... Read the full article

Saskatchewan Division’s November eNews

In this issue... MS Connects Conference - Making research accessible WAMS first annual fundraising luncheon coming to Saskatoon New video highlighting Saskatchewan MS research Glitter: Get your Christmas shopping done early on November 20 th Giving Tuesday is November 27 th 30 th Annual CKRM Musical... Read the full article

Listening to People Affected by MS 2.0

The MS Society of Canada has launched a nationwide survey to gather insight and input from people affected by multiple sclerosis. The results from the Listening to People Affected by MS 2.0 survey hopes to advance our mission to be a leader in finding a cure for MS and enabling people affected by MS... Read the full article

MS Society of Canada Supports International, Multicenter Clinical Trial to Improve Cognition in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

  • National News Release

$5 million grant will support global study examining cognitive rehabilitation and aerobic exercise in improving cognition in progressive MS Toronto, ON – September 12, 2018 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada announced today a $5 million grant in support of the first, international, multicenter... Read the full article

Christine Sinclair Leads the Burgers to Beat MS Team to Victory

  • National News Release

A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada raise $1.9 million for those affected by multiple sclerosis VANCOUVER, BC, August 27, 2018 – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. announces today that its 10 th annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign, in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada , raised... Read the full article

Senate Committee Report Released – Breaking Down Barriers

June 27, 2018 – The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology released the report Breaking Down Barriers: A Critical Analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan . The report makes 16 recommendations aimed at improving the Disability Tax... Read the full article

Accessible Canada Act Introduced

June 20, 2018 – The Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, introduced the Bill entitled “ An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada ” in the House of Commons. This is the first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people... Read the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

Serve as a Community Representative on the Research Review Panel

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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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

MS Society of Canada takes to Parliament Hill to press for further action in support of Canadians impacted by multiple sclerosis

  • National News Release

Focus on secure employment and income supports and accelerated investment in MS research Toronto, ON – April 26, 2016 – From May 2-4, 2016 representatives from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and members of the MS community will meet with a range of parliamentarians in Ottawa to launch MS Awareness... Read the full article

MS Society of Canada and The Centre for Drug Research and Development to Accelerate Promising New Therapeutics for Progressive MS

  • National News Release

Toronto and Vancouver, Canada – February 16, 2016 — National organizations, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) and The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) are pleased to announce the launch of two new innovative drug development programs in the fight against multiple sclerosis... Read the full article

​2016 endMS Conference

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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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

MS research to get major boost from Waugh Family Foundation

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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 the full article

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 the full article

Collaborative Network Planning Awards Granted as Part of €22 Million Global Effort to End Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

  • Announcement,National News Release

International Progressive MS Alliance removing barriers and fueling  worldwide collaboration to find solutions and treatments for progressive MS September 22, 2015, NEW  YORK, NY - The International Progressive MS Alliance has awarded its second round of 11 grants to collaborative teams of scientists, Read the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

Health NGOs endorse premier think tank’s roadmap for economic integration of Canadians with serious illness

  • Announcement,National News Release

For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – September 3, 2015  – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) and Canadian Caregiver Coalition are pleased with the recommendations in the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)’s report, titled “ Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers... Read the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

​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 the full article

Paying Tribute to an Inspiration

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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 the full article

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 the full article

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada applauds Federal Government’s support for caregivers and accessibility, presses for further action

  • National News Release

Toronto, ON -- April 28, 2015 -- The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) applauds the recently announced federal budget, noting that several of its provisions will make a significant difference in the lives of those who need support. While congratulating the government on the compassionate... Read the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

2015 MS Calendar of Hope - Saskatchewan

Each year, the MS Society of Canada - Saskatchewan Division creates the MS Calendar of Hope to share stories of people whose lives have been affected by MS. Some stories feature those living with MS themselves. Others feature caregivers, volunteers, fundraisers, or community sponsors. These people all... Read the full article

​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 the full article

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 the full article

Legacy Giving with Jim and Diane Butlin

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"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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article

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