Friends and Partners

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is aligned with many other like-minded organizations, including Vision Health Organizations, Science and Research Organizations and organizations we work with to help us remain Accountable to our Donors. Being an active member of a network allows communication to flow freely and lets us know about the latest scientific breakthroughs as soon as possible. It is also a way to spread awareness of the need for retinal disease research. The Foundation's network of friends includes government agencies, medical societies, patient groups and service organizations.

Our friends and partners provide a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources, all of which enrich the Foundation's activities and ultimately advance our goal to find treatments and cures for the vision loss and blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related diseases of the retina.

Vision Health Organizations


Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
COS is Canada's professional association of ophthalmologists (eye doctors). Visit this site to learn about the vision care initiatives of Canada's eye doctors and to learn about their policy on eye care.


Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC)
The HCCC is a federally funded umbrella group that gives a unified voice to Canada's health charities.


The National Coalition for Vision Health
Providing leadership for the improvement of vision health and eye care through research and public awareness, by supporting public and professional education and information, developing vision loss prevention initiatives and advocacy programs.


Retina International (RI)
RI is an international, umbrella organization driven by patients with retinal degenerative diseases. The purpose of this group is to promote awareness and to advocate the need for research directed to understanding the causes, finding the treatments and ultimately the cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related diseases of the retina. Visit this site to find links to societies and foundations worldwide dedicated to the same cause.


Vision Health Research Council (VHRC)
VHRC represents the interests of scientists and vision health professionals dedicated to promoting or engaging in vision research.

Science and Research Organizations


Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
ARVO is an international beacon for vision research. Thousands of the world's leading vision scientists meet at ARVO' s annual meeting for an exchange of late breaking scientific news. ARVO is the platform from which much great vision science springs.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR is one of Canada's leading, federal granting agencies. It provides funding, guidelines and peer review for Canada's health sciences research community. The FFB-C adheres to the guidelines set out by CIHR.


Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA)
INMHA is one of CIHR's 13 institutes. It oversees the funding of projects specifically directed to vision research.


Institute of Genetics (IG)
IG oversees scientific projects directed to understanding the role of genetics in human life and disease.


The Stem Cell Network
The Stem Cell Network is one of Canada's federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). The SC Network is dedicated to making the therapeutic potential of stem cells a reality. The FFB-C is currently a partner in a research project directed to understanding the nature of adult retinal stem cells with the hope the knowledge gained will lead to future treatments for macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, as well as other degenerative diseases of the retina.

Accountability to our Donors

Imagine Canada
A national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support to the community.


Other Partners

Telus Vancouver community board

We give where we live to improve the lives of Canadians and their communities. Since 2000, our TELUS Community Boards have contributed more than $47.1 million to local charitable organizations and supported more than 3,715 community projects, positively impacting the lives of more than two million young Canadians.

The Academy of Ophthalmic Education
The Academy of Ophthalmic Education conducts continuing education seminars for Opticians, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Family Physicians and Optometric and Ophthalmic Assistants.

Canadian Coalition of Eye Care Professionals
Eye Care Professionals collaborating to uphold the highest standards of patient eye care across Canada.

As Canada's largest and fastest growing independent eye care services company, FYidoctors is offering Canadians a new concept in eye care. With over 400 optometrists serving over 200 locations (between its corporately owned locations and Vision Source Canada locations), and investments in the latest technologies in diagnostic care and personalized vision products, FYidoctors embraces a "patient first" approach to eye care and eye wear.

JOBS4ECP's is a specialist jobsite for the Canadian Eyecare Industry. It targets the entire eyecare community, including Optometry, Opticianry, Ophthalmology, Lasik, Optical, Low Vision, Vision Therapy, Optometric Assistants, Lab Techs, Surgical and Pharmaceutical. JOBS4ECP's provides cost effective job postings, resume searches, an eyecare marketplace, a community forum and a new vendor directory.

Love Your Eyes
On September 8, 2014, Opticians Council of Canada will launch a national online media contest entitled Love Your Eyes. Large weekly prizes will be awarded to those who answer daily educational health multimedia puzzles until the contest ends on October 12th. The Foundation fighting Blindness is proud to be this year's 2014 Title Supporter.


Accessible Media Sponsor

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating two broadcast services: AMI-audio and AMI-tv, and a website (, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.


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