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CNIB Foundation transitions its Hamilton programs to a hybrid community resource access, and virtual model

November 02, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNIB Foundation has been working hard to develop innovative methods to deliver our programs and services when we couldn’t physically be together. Virtual programs have allowed us to be more cost efficient, and to eliminate transportation and geographic barriers for participants. Meaning, that we’re able to reach and empower more Ontarians with sight loss than ever before – no matter where they reside.
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Deadline extended to apply for COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities

October 23, 2020
Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit will begin to receive the COVID-19 one-time $600 payment for persons with disabilities on October 30, 2020. The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities has also been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
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CNIB’s Phone It Forward Program Receives Game-changing Donation of Smart Devices from BMO Financial Group

October 26, 2020
TORONTO, October 26, 2020 – The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, thanks BMO Financial Group (BMO) for its incredible, game-changing donation to support Canadians with sight loss.
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Canadian Tire Corporation makes long-term donation of smartphones for people who are blind

October 13, 2020
TORONTO, October 13, 2020 – The CNIB Foundation has announced a new ongoing commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) to support Canadians with sight loss through its Phone It Forward program. CTC's generous, long-term donation will help Canadians who are blind or partially sighted access the life-changing technology that smartphones offer.
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Let's boost the employment rate for Canadians with sight loss

October 01, 2020
“I wouldn't be where I am today had I not had mentors and people guiding me throughout my career. I was blind at birth and I knew that I wanted to help others when I grew up.”
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Payment terminals with improved accessibility coming soon to a business near you

October 07, 2020
Canadians with sight loss will soon be able to make purchases on their own with reduced risk of compromising the security of their personal and financial information. CNIB is working together with Moneris Solutions Corporation (‘Moneris’), and supported by the Government of Canada, to create an inclusive and accessible shopping experience for everyone.
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Be part of the Loonies4Lips challenge!

October 02, 2020
As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, the CNIB Foundation is launching Loonies4Lips, a social media challenge to raise funds for the CNIB Foundation while smashing the stigma that stands in the way of talent with sight loss.
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CNIB announces new partnership with GoodMaps

September 28, 2020
TORONTO – The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has announced a new partnership with GoodMaps, experts and innovators in accessible navigation and wayfinding.

From left to right, John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, Eyre Purkin Bien, Senior advisor, Philanthropy, three members of the Nanji Family, Garry Nenson Vice President of Philanthropy for CNIB, and Shane Silver, Vice President of Social Enterprises for CNIB. The group stands together in front of the new Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre.

CNIB unveils new, interactive retail experience: The Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre

September 16, 2020
TORONTO, September 16, 2020: The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Toronto on September 15, 2020.
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National Youth Council Leadership Award

August 13, 2020
The National Youth Council believes in recognizing youth with sight loss. That's why it created the Leadership Award to celebrate people going above and beyond to make a difference in their community, province or country.   

One winner is selected yearly and presented with a plaque and $250 prize. Their accomplishments are also shared across CNIB's national social media channels.