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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Ms. Sidhu, for your work on diabetes. I know it's been a passion of yours for a very long time. I look forward to reviewing your private member's bill with you, and working with you on reducing the incidence of diabetes and supporting the treatment of diabetes across Canada.
About three million Canadians are living with diabetes, and 200,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. We've been making investments in research, prevention and early detection of diabetes, so that fewer Canadians develop this condition and that better treatments are available when diabetes occurs.
Over the last five years, we've invested approximately $229 million toward diabetes research, with over $48 million funded in 2018-19 alone. We've recently launched an initiative to celebrate 100 years of insulin, accelerating Canadian discoveries to defeat diabetes. To date, it represents a total commitment of approximately $47 million over seven years, $29 million from CIHR and $18 million from a range of provincial, national and international partners.
The work will continue, and some of the work that we do as federal politicians around improving people's quality of life—increasing the Canada child benefit so people have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring we have a Canada food guide that's based on evidence so that it helps inform better eating, the work I will be doing on the Canada healthy eating strategy, including nutrition for children—these are all measures we can be proud of that will reduce the incidence of diabetes in Canada.
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