Provincial government advocacy
- Write a letter to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Minister of Education. Be sure to copy your MPP. You may also want to copy the head of your diabetes clinic, your local children’s hospital, and/or your school board. Here is a sample letter.
- Ask your MPP to write to the Minister of Education in support of a provincial policy for students with type 1 diabetes. Here is a sample letter.
- Request a meeting with your MPP. Here are some tips and talking points.
Provincial government contacts
- Contact information for Ontario’s MPPs
- Hon. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education: Minister.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. Eric Hoskins, MD, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care: email@example.com
- Ontario school board policies on type 1 diabetes: School board policies on type 1 diabetes vary widely across the country—from fairly well-developed policies to none at all. A good starting point is to find out whether your school board has a policy, and what it covers.
- Diabetes at School (2016): Comprehensive website with training resources for all level of school support. Includes a template Individual Care Plan. Produced by the Canadian Paediatric Society, Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group.
- Managing type 1 diabetes in school: Recommendations for policy and practice, Canadian Paediatric Society, October 2014, position statement
- Students Living with Diabetes in School, Diabetes Canada, July 2013, position statement
- How to Make Canadian Schools Diabetes-Safe, by Elizabeth Moreau, Insulin Nation, December 2015
- Unsafe at school: Advocating for children with type 1 diabetes, by Lila Yewchuk, John Paul Morrison, and Scott Yewchuk. Published in BCMJ, June 2012
Please tell us when you write, as well as the response(s) to your letters.
Share your story
What has the school experience been like for your child or teen? What changes would you like to see in the support your child or teen receives? By sharing your story, you will demonstrate the need for policy and help strengthen our advocacy efforts. Please take a few moments to complete our survey(s). Your comments may be used on this website, but will not be attributed. While we wish we could hear from everyone, because this is a provincial advocacy effort, these surveys are only for people in Ontario.
- Survey for parents of Ontario elementary school students (aged 3 to 12 years)
- Survey for parents of Ontario intermediate/high school students (aged 12 through 18 years)
- Sign the Diabetes Charter for Canada, Diabetes Canada, April 2014
For more information, or if we can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.