Fast Facts about CNIB

Our impact

  • Each year, Canadians who are blind or partially sighted receive almost one million hours of vital support from CNIB, helping them build their independence and fully participate in life.

  • Each business day, CNIB’s dedicated specialists and volunteers spend more than 3,600 hours empowering Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to live independently.

  • Every minute, three Canadians turn to CNIB, enquiring about information and support to overcome the challenges of vision loss.

  • Every year, CNIB helps more than 10,000 children and youth build their daily living skills, improve their confidence and overcome the challenges of growing up without vision.

  • Each year, CNIB peer support groups welcome 29,000 attendees across the country, sharing skills, support and knowledge to lessen the isolation of vision loss.

Our library

  • Founded in 1906, the CNIB Library is Canada’s largest library for people who are unable to read traditional print.

  • The CNIB Library is home to more than 80,000 titles in alternative formats like braille, printbraille and accessible audio, including books, newspapers, magazines, children’s materials, sheet music and described videos.

  • CNIB is Canada's largest producer of alternative format materials and is a certifying body for braille transcription.

  • The CNIB Library houses the second largest braille sheet music collection in the world.

  • In the past year, Canadians who can’t read traditional print received a record 2.2 million accessible items – like braille or audio books – free of charge through the CNIB Library.

  • Every hour, the CNIB Library circulates more than 250 accessible items – like braille or audio books – to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted so they can experience the joys of reading.

  • Every business day, the CNIB Library ships more than 500 accessible books to children who are blind or partially sighted across the country, helping them improve their literacy and develop a love of reading.

Our history

  • CNIB was founded in 1918 to serve veterans returning home blind from World War I.

  • CNIB is one of Canada's oldest charitable organizations and receives its funding through the generous support of individuals, corporations, and other funders. Less than 35 per cent of our funding comes from government sources.

Our team

  • CNIB employs approximately 850 professionals across Canada, working in the fields of rehabilitation services and support, library services, research, advocacy, public education, accessible design consulting, fundraising and administration.

  • These dedicated individuals are supported by more than 10,000 volunteers working in all regions of the country.

  • CNIB is governed by a volunteer board of directors selected from across Canada, including representatives from the corporate, medical and government sectors, as well as individuals who are blind or partially sighted.

* The information above was compiled through CNIB Electronic Vision