How your donations help

Your support means the world to us. Every dollar counts in our efforts to reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians. Thanks to your donations, we’re able to continue funding the most promising cancer research, advocate for health-protecting policies and provide trusted information, resources and support for every Canadian who is on a cancer journey. Thank you!


You fund Canada’s best cancer research


Thanks to Canadians like you, the Society has channeled over $1.3 billion to cancer research since the 1940s. In that time, Canadians’ 5-year survival rate has increased from 25% to more than 60%.



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In 2014, you helped us support 312 lead investigators and a total of 408 research projects and awards.


The Society funds research into all types of cancer, across the spectrum of prevention and risk, diagnostic tools, treatment, survivorship and palliative care. Here’s how we invested your donations through our Research Institute last year:


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You help people living with cancer and their caregivers

Your donations have made the Society the most trusted source of information and support for Canadians. In 2014, we dedicated $XXM to this area of our work.


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Cancer.ca welcomed more than 7 million visits from Canadians needing trusted information on all aspects of cancer, support and/or resources


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We distributed 1.4 million publications on all aspects of cancer.


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We responded to almost 55,000 inquiries from people with cancer and caregivers

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More than XXXX Canadians got the support they needed through our telephone-based peer support program


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Our online community grew to more than 46,000 members who supported each other through forums, blogs and sharing experiences


You help prevent cancer


About half of cancers can be prevented, and screening for certain cancers can result in early detection, when the disease is most treatable. With your support, we’re getting these life-changing messages to more Canadians. We’re also funding research in cancer prevention to understand all of its causes and testing new ways for Canadians to reduce their risk of developing cancer.



In 2014 we launched It’s My Life!, an interactive tool that helps Canadians better understand how lifestyle choices can reduce cancer risk.


You fight for better policies to support and protect all Canadians

With your support, we work with governments and legislators to bring about healthy public policies. In 2014, we committed $XM to advocacy.


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Tobacco control

We’re working to reduce the number of Canadians who smoke, and protect all from exposure to second-hand smoke.

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Indoor tanning

We’re pulling the plug on youth indoor tanning to protect them from melanoma.

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Financial support

We’re advocating for greater financial support for family caregivers, like the recent extension of compassionate care benefits.


How your donations help in Manitoba

For 75 years now, Canadians have trusted the Canadian Cancer Society to lead the fight against cancer.  We strongly encourage people to ask questions about where their money goes because we believe donors should carefully weigh the impact of a charity’s work and how it improves the lives of the people it’s meant to improve.


Unlike most cancer charities in Manitoba, the Cancer Society honours donors’ wishes if they choose to designate their funds to specific purposes whether is a particular kind of cancer or a certain program or service.


All money donated to the Cancer Society helps to fight ALL cancers in Manitoba. We put donor funds to work fighting cancer in many ways by: 

  • Funding world-class research;
  • Providing programs and services that support to those fighting cancer
  • Working to prevent cancer;
  • Working to bring about change so the cancer system is more responsive to cancer patients and their families
Bringing about change in the system

Just last year we spoke up on behalf of Manitobans and the provincial government agreed to cover all cancer treatment and support drugs in Manitoba. In addition, the Cancer Society was able to persuade all political parties to adopt specific initiatives to increase the fight against cancer including shortening wait times and investing more money into helping people quit smoking.  Because the current government adopted the Cancer Society’s cancer agenda, some $58 million in new cancer initiatives have been announced in the last year, positively affecting the lives of 65,000 Manitobans every year.


Research continues to be our largest investment.  As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada (more than $490 million over the last 10 years), the Cancer Society has invested in world-class research that has been shown to have the most impact. 


In Manitoba, our contribution to research has totalled $6.5 million since 2006.  During this same period, the Society also funded nearly 400 clinical trials so Manitobans can receive ground-breaking treatments for breast, colorectal, brain, kidney and prostate cancer as well as leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and many other cancers.

Programs and services
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Top pick charity

Late last year, the charitable watchdog Charity Intelligence examined almost 250 charities in Canada and determined that the Canadian Cancer Society was one of its Top Pick Charities for 2012. Charity Intelligence researches and analyzes the performances of charities and provides rankings and recommendations to Canadians.

Administrative costs

The Cancer Society takes pride in the great care, respect and responsibility we bring to managing every single donor dollar we receive. Because of the generosity of volunteers and a dedicated staff, our administrative costs are less than 7% of total revenue. These funds support the activities of over 6,000 volunteers and 45 staff across Manitoba who manage and deliver vital programs and services.

Leading the cancer fight for 75 years now, the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against ALL cancers for families in Manitoba.