The federal budget, released on March 19, will provide $50 million over five years to fund Canada’s first national dementia strategy.
Starting this year, the Canadian government will invest in increased public awareness of dementia through targeted campaigns and activities with a focus on risk reduction, prevention, and combating the stigma associated with the disease. Investments will also be made in developing treatment guidelines and best practices to promote early diagnosis in cooperation with provincial and territorial partners, as well as understanding the impact of dementia on Canadian communities.
“Our goal ultimately is to see a fully funded and comprehensive national dementia strategy so that Canadian families are well positioned to live as best as possible with dementia, from the point of diagnosis to the end of life,” said Pauline Tardif, Alzheimer Society of Canada CEO and Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia co-chair.
Today, more than half a million Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 15 years, that number will nearly double to almost a million.