Canada's national dementia strategy

Canada needs a fully-funded national dementia strategy

The number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply.

The number of Canadians with dementia is increasing

As of today, there are over half a million Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia – and about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. By 2031, this number will nearly double. That’s less than 12 years away.

Alzheimer’s disease is already the seventh-leading cause of death in Canada, and it will only continue to grow as a significant public health concern.

Not only that...dementia is an expensive disease. Canada’s health-care system is not equipped to deal with the staggering costs.

The cost of caring for Canadians with dementia is increasing

As of 2016, the cost to care for those with dementia is currently estimated at $10.4 billion. By 2031, this figure is expected to increase by 60 per cent, to $16.6 billion.

Roughly 56,000 Canadians with dementia are being cared for in hospitals, even though this in not an ideal location for care.

But...a fully-funded national dementia strategy will help us

We can’t afford to ignore dementia. It has an overwhelming impact on the Canadians who develop it, their families and caregivers in our communities.

With a comprehensive national dementia strategy, we can ensure that the growing number of Canadians living with dementia receive the care and support they deserve, today and in the future.

A fully-funded strategy will allow Canada to meet the challenges of dementia with a coordinated, focused approach to care and research.


Here are a few Canadians who are calling for a fully-funded national dementia strategy:

"With a strategy in place, we can develop a strong network of support for those living with dementia and those in a caregiving role."

— Kathleen, a caregiver

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Kathleen Fraschetti

Keith Barrett

"When you have close to a million people in the next 10 to 15 years living with dementia in Canada…there’s got to be something done now."

— Keith, a person living with dementia

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"It's crucial to focus on what makes a difference today to support living well."

— Debra, a researcher

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Debra Sheets

Roger Marple

"We need a fully-funded national dementia strategy to move ahead."

— Roger, a person living with dementia

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"A strategy will be able to help those living with dementia lead a full life."

— Phyllis, a person living with dementia

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Phyllis Fehr

Danielle Barrette-Marcuccio

"It's critical that the current funding stays in place and, in fact, increases to better meet the needs of the Canadian families impacted by dementia."

— Danielle, a caregiver

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"With a fully-funded national dementia strategy, we would be able to devote significant resources toward predicting the onset of dementia."

— Simon, a researcher

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Simon Duchesne

How you can help

Here’s some good news: During the last election, Canadians sent nearly 4000 letters to their candidates for Member of Parliament (MP), asking them to commit to a fully-funded national dementia strategy. Thank you for making your voices heard!

As well, thank you to the parties in Canada that acknowledged dementia and included the issue in their platforms. And we look forward to the next government continuing its commitment to the national dementia strategy.

But our work isn’t done yet. Now that the election is over, it’s important that we continue reminding MPs of the personal and public costs of dementia. We need your help to ensure that dementia remains a top issue in Ottawa.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Check out our guide to the national dementia strategy to learn more about its background.
  2. Stay updated with the latest news and progress by following the Alzheimer Society of Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more steps as we look forward to the 2020 budget!

Last Updated: 11/04/2019