Canada is a world leader in hockey, maple syrup — and multiple sclerosis.

World leader in hockey, maple syrup and MS
This year, and for many decades, we have annually launched MS Awareness Month on Parliament Hill with a carnation pinning ceremony – a symbol of hope for a future free of multiple sclerosis. We, alongside some of our incredible MS Ambassadors, gathered together on the Hill with a strong message: Canada may be a world leader in hockey and maple syrup, but we’re also a leader in rates of MS in the world, and that’s a reality we’re not willing to accept.

a day on the hill

a day on the hill

A day on the hill

Following carnations being pinned on MPs entering the House of Commons, a sign of solidarity with all Canadians affected by MS, MPs Laurie Hawn (Conservative, Edmonton Centre), Kennedy Stewart (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas) and Hedy Fry (Liberal, Vancouver Centre) stood in the House to read member’s statements on MS. MP Laurie Hawn spoke about how the unpredictability of MS creates challenges for caregivers and affects employment; MP Hedy Fry called for more MS research and encouraged others to learn about MS. MP Kennedy Stewart’s statement stood out to us, as he shared words about his own family being directly affected by MS:

In addition, the MPs echoed priorities from our ACTION on MS report, which called on all levels of Canadian government to take action in four areas: secure jobs and income; caregiver supports; coordinated lifelong care and support; and progressive MS research.

I welcome your comments and conversation as we work together this month to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and to improve quality of life for people affected by this disease. This May, how will you be raising awareness of MS? Leave your comments below.

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National vice-president, government relations: passionate about grassroots work to ensure our governments are responsive to the needs of Canadians living with MS.

  1. Gail Shwalm says:

    My daughter has MS,I really like to know what is out there to support both care ,and financial .she has been unable to work for 3 or 4 years, it’s hard to be able to manage , the cost of pills , and help around the house . Is there a disability income she could apply for ?

    • Neil says:

      Hi Gail,

      I am an accounting articling student and a survivor of Ms.

      I suggest contacting a local Chartered accountant to discuss with you your specific situation. There may be an opportunity for her to qualify for the federal disability tax credit depending on if certain criterion are fulfilled.
      there are other things which may be available for you depending on where you live. I would suggest contacting your local MS Society not for profit for more information. Past that I would not want to give out unsolicited advice.

      Warm regards.

  2. Jose Anthony says:

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