Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is March of Dimes Canada and what do you do?

March of Dimes Canada is one of the largest community based service providers for people with physical disabilities in the country. We provide a wide range of programs and services to maximize the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities.

We also offer services to seniors and the medically fragile, as well as services to families, caregivers, employers and health insurance companies. Visit the About Us section for complete details.

2. Which disabilities do you provide services for?

March of Dimes Canada programs are available to any person with a physical disability who can benefit. This includes:

  • People born with physical disabilities (such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or muscular dystrophy).
  • Those who develop it later in life (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or post-polio syndrome).
  • Those who acquire it through injury or an accident.

We also offer services to seniors and the medically fragile, as well as services to families, caregivers, employers and health insurance companies. Visit the programs section for complete details.

3. Do you fund research?

Yes, March of Dimes Canada supports disability research. In partnership with the Canadian Institute on Health Research we fund a post-graduate fellowship, the Paul Martin Sr. Biomedical and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship.

4. How many people in Canada are affected by disabilities?

  • Based on the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) conducted in 2001 by Statistics Canada, 12.4% have disabilities or roughly 1 in 8 Canadians. In Ontario, the disability rate is 13.5%.
  • The Participation and Activity Limitation Survey confirms that the disability rate in Canada increases with age. In fact, more than half (53.3%) of people 75 years and over report having a disability.

5. I want to support your charitable work. Where will my donation be spent?

Your donation will help us provide essential programs and services for people with physical disabilities such as the Assistive Devices, Conductive Education®, Recreation and Integration Services. See Your Money at Work for complete details.

6. What donation options do you offer?

There are many ways you can make a gift to March of Dimes Canada. You can make online donations, or give through our planned giving program, participate in a fundraising event, make a donation or create a lasting legacy. See Ways to Give for complete details.

7. What volunteer opportunities are there at March of Dimes Canada?

We provide a variety of opportunities for volunteers, according to their capabilities and interests. These include short-term assignments, seasonal or project-related positions, one-time only, or those that require a regular commitment. You can help with fundraising activities, befriend a person with a physical disability, design a disability-friendly device, assist in office duties and much more. For a full-list of our volunteering opportunities, click here.

8. I’m interested in working for March of Dimes Canada. How can I apply?

If you're looking to embrace a career where you can improve the quality of people's lives and share our dedication to providing exemplary service, we invite you to visit our Job Opportunities page for complete details.

9. Is March of Dimes Canada affiliated with the March of Dimes in the U.S.?

No. Although March of Dimes in Canada had its beginnings based on the American March of Dimes – to raise money for research to fight the polio epidemic in North America in the 1950s – today March of Dimes Canada provides programs and services for people with physical disabilities, while March of Dimes in the U.S. funds research and programs to prevent birth defects. There are no links between two historic charities.

10. Is your annual report available online?

Yes, the present and past annual reports are available in PDF format.

If you have any questions not answered by the FAQ, please e-mail us at or call us at 1-800-263-DIME.​​​​

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