Election Centre

Kidney failure comes at a high financial cost for many Ontarians.

A Call to Action: Reduce the Financial Burden of Kidney Failure

Have your say in the provincial election on June 7, 2018.

The Ontario Provincial election provides an opportunity for The Kidney Foundation and its supporters to bring the issues affecting people living with kidney disease and their families to a broader audience. During the election campaign, it is vital to make the current and prospective new Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) aware of our issues as this is a time that all candidates are eager to talk to voters.

The ongoing theme of our election and advocacy messaging is Reducing the Burden of Kidney Disease in Ontario, focusing on two key issues all candidates need to know about.  The Kidney Foundation of Canada recently released a report that shows a signifgant proportion of Canadians undergoing dialysis treatments experience financial hardship as a result of the extra costs associated with kidney disease. In addition to the emotional and physical strain that often accompanies kidney failure, a financial burden exists that Canadian patients bear. This burden has been ignored for too long.

We are calling on our elected officials to address the financial burden of kidney failure:

1. Develop a Medical Transportation Assistance Program to subsidize transportation costs to attend dialysis treatments, where there is no access to available, accessible and affordable public transit systems.Election toolkit 2018 cover

2. Reduce the financial burden of accessing medications for people receiving dialysis treatments by eliminating the Trillium Drug Benefit Deductible.

How You Can Get Involved

Take a few moments to read our 2018 Election Tool Kit (download the document by clicking on the tool kit image).

Make sure to speak up for people living with kidney disease by:
•    Writing letters to local candidates (download the Word version)
•    Attending and asking questions at all-candidates meetings
•    Visiting candidates in their offices and asking them where they stand on the issues
•    Being prepared to ask kidney-related questions of candidates who visit your home or workplace
•    Voting on election day

Use the tools noted above; if you have additional questions or require assistance with materials, email election@kidney.on.ca.

Find out what riding you are located in, and who your local candidates are by visiting www.elections.on.ca/en.html

Find out where the parties stand by visiting these political party links.The burden of out of pocket costs for Canadians with kidney failure

PC Party of Ontario

Liberal Party of Ontario

Ontario NDP



Ontario Branch - 1599 Hurontario Street, Suite 201, Mississauga, ON L5G 4S1 - Tel.: (905) 278-3003 / 1-800-387-4474
Charitable Registration Number: 107567398RR0001