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Walter Gretzky sits at a grand piano surrounded by 9 youth with sight loss. They are smiling and excitedly singing a tune while Walter plays the piano.

Remembering Walter Gretzky

March 05, 2021
CNIB is very saddened to hear of the loss of Walter Gretzky. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gretzky family. Walter was an incredible CNIB supporter and avid advocate for youth with sight loss.
A ScripTalk Station Reader surrounded by pill bottles.

An update on ScripTalk audible prescription labels

March 03, 2021
ScripTalk audible prescription labels enable blind, partially sighted or print-impaired pharmacy patients to hear important prescription label information free of charge.
Imagine Canada logo above the CNIB logo

CNIB achieves accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

March 04, 2021
We are pleased to announce that, as of today, CNIB has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a distinguished community of more than 250 non-profit organizations dedicated to operational excellence.
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Transforming CNIB’s virtual programs: McConnell Foundation makes incredible gift to support Canadians with sight loss

February 25, 2021
Last year, the pandemic forced us to rethink how we develop and deliver programming. Since we could no longer deliver community-based programs in person, we had to work quickly and effectively to transition our programs to virtual platforms.
 Two e-scooters sit side-by-side on a sidewalk. Their break lights are blinking red.

Say no to e-scooters in Toronto

February 19, 2021
The City of Toronto is considering a pilot project to introduce e-scooters to the streets of Toronto. Given the accessibility and safety risks that e-scooters could pose to pedestrians with sight loss, CNIB recommends against introducing e-scooters to Toronto's already busy roads. 

We have been working with a coalition of community organizations advocating against the introduction of e-scooters in Toronto, but we need your help.
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CNIB Partners with Global Sighted Assistance Leader, Be My Eyes

February 19, 2021
Toronto, ON – CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, and Be My Eyes, a global leader in assistive technology and provider of real-time video assistance for people with sight loss, announced their partnership today.
The lounge – our social gathering hotspot – with new sound panels installed on the ceiling.

CNIB Lake Joe makes transformational change thanks to a 2019 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation

February 16, 2021
Muskoka, ON – After receiving a $147,600 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2019, CNIB was able to make an incredible transformation to its waterfront facility, CNIB Lake Joe. Thanks to this extraordinary grant, the space received key upgrades that will ensure it’s inclusive for everyone. Last winter, a new sound-absorbing wood ceiling was installed in the lounge, and the dining hall ceiling was lowered to help improve the acoustics.
A smiling John M. Rafferty & Thomas Simpson stand at a table and hold multiple donated smartphones from the Bank of Canada. The table is also stacked with donated smartphones. Behind them stands a Phone it Forward banner display.

Bank of Canada donates 650 smartphones to Canadians with sight loss

January 27, 2021
TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2021 – The Bank of Canada is donating 650 of its gently used smartphones to Canadians with sight loss through CNIB's Phone It Forward program.
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Joyce Family Foundation gives bursaries to 18 students with sight loss

January 20, 2021
CNIB thanks the Joyce Family Foundation for their incredible donation of 18 needs-based bursaries for Canadian undergraduate students with sight loss.
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Craft&Crew and CNIB partner to provide digital accessibility to Canadians living with disabilities

January 18, 2021
Toronto, ON, January 19 - Ontario-based enterprise website production company Craft&Crew and CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, announced their partnership today. This new partnership aims to help Ontarian organizations create a more accessible digital experience for everyone – including more than six million Canadians with disabilities