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Blindness in Canada

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Today, an estimated 500,000 Canadians are blind or partially sighted. An estimated 5.59 million more have an eye disease that could cause sight loss.

Here, you’ll find key statistics about blindness and its impact from coast to coast. 

Blindness by province

  • Alberta: 59,917 people
  • British Columbia: 67,341 people
  • Manitoba: 18,706 people
  • New Brunswick: 10,620 people
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 7,392 people
  • Northwest Territories: 622 people
  • Nova Scotia: 13,335 people
  • Nunavut: 531 people
  • Ontario: 198,414 people
  • Prince Edward Island: 2,125 people
  • Quebec: 117,342 people
  • Saskatchewan: 16,270 people
  • Yukon: 538 people

Causes of blindness

The leading causes of blindness in Canada are:

  • cataracts: 3,541,000 people 
  • age-related macular degeneration: 1,574,000 people 
  • glaucoma: 294,600 people 
  • diabetic retinopathy: 749,800 people