Impact of donations

Where your donations go

ALS Canada receives no core government funding to support our mission work. The generosity and commitment of thousands of donors and fundraisers make our work possible. We rely on the support of individuals through events, monthly donations, annual gifts, and planned gifts. We are also grateful for the generous corporate donors and foundations who provide us with vital financial support.  

Here are a few things we accomplished together in 2021:

  • 1,240 people living with ALS in Ontario supported by ALS Canada’s Community Leads.
  • 2,309 pieces of equipment provided– free of charge – to people living with ALS in Ontario who are registered with ALS Canada.
  • 192 support groups came together virtually to share their experiences and learn from each other.
  • 1,536 support group attendees, an increase of 58.5%.
  • Invested nearly $2 million in research funding with 16 research grants awarded.
  • Participated in over 30 meetings with government to help raise the voices of people living with ALS.

For more information about how donor dollars are invested and how they have helped to make a difference, we invite you to read our Annual Reports.

For more on the breakdown of investments with ALS Canada, read ALS Canada’s latest audited financial statements.

How your donations support the ALS community

Investing in research for a future without ALS

Because of you, the ALS Canada Research Program funds high-quality ALS research in laboratories across the country. Learn more about what studies we invest in and the process involved in decision-making by visiting the ALS Canada Research Program page.

Dr. Heather Durham headshot


“I have tremendous confidence in the ability of ALS Canada to advance research, to invest donor dollars wisely, and to create a better future for everyone affected by this devastating disease. As such, I decided to include a contribution in my will to ALS Canada to ensure that my work continues long after I’ve hung up my lab coat.” 

Dr. Heather Durham, Researcher and Professor, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital


A voice with government decision-makers

Because of you, we are representing the voices and experiences of people living with ALS to officials in the federal and provincial governments advocating for policy changes that will have meaningful impact. Learn about our advocacy initiatives and priorities.


ALS Canada staff and ALS community members
Norm MacIsaac, Diagnosed with ALS in 2014 (Front, centre) & Mike Rannie, Diagnosed with ALS in 2017, Passed away in January 2020 (Back row, third from left)

“It’s important that people who aren’t as familiar with ALS understand the many challenges you face when living with this disease. That’s why I give my efforts to ALS Canada’s advocacy initiatives – to educate and help drive action.”Mike Rannie, Diagnosed with ALS in 2017, Passed away in January 2020.

The right help at the right time

Because of you, we are supporting people and families living with ALS in Ontario by providing regional support and access to the ALS Canada Equipment Program. Learn more about how we are providing support services in the community.

James King

“I support ALS Canada because I know what a difference support services can make. When my wife Judith was alive, we desperately wanted to keep her at home for as long as possible. ALS Canada was able to provide a wheelchair and a ceiling lift, both of which were very helpful.”
– James King, Former caregiver