How your donations help

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the work of our volunteers and staff, the Canadian Cancer Society has more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity.


With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society has played a part in reducing the impact of cancer on Canadians. We couldn’t do it without you!


We take the role as steward of donor dollars very seriously and make every effort to allocate these dollars where they will make the most difference in the fight against cancer. We focus our work in 5 areas – research, advocacy, prevention, information and support.  


The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. We are funding life-saving research into all types of cancer.


Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive compared to about 25% in the early 1940s when we started funding research. Despite the drop in deaths, cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada.


The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by:

  • doing everything we can to prevent cancer
  • funding research to outsmart cancer
  • empowering, informing and supporting Canadians living with cancer
  • advocating for public policies to improve the health of Canadians
  • rallying Canadians to get involved in the fight against cancer

In 2013, we invested:

  • $45 million to support 294 lead researchers and 567 students and fellows to carry out 327 research projects
  • $74 million in programs and services to meet the needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers and to provide information about cancer
  • $9 million advocating for important cancer issues that matter to Canadians


We produced and distributed 1.4 million print materials about all aspects of cancer last year.


We published 565 scientific papers, based on Canadian Cancer Society–funded research in peer-reviewed journals throughout 2012.

Information and support programs

56,000 Canadians have used our Cancer Information Service in 2012 alone; over 1 million since 1996.


75,000 people with cancer and their caregivers accessed our information and support services, and


27,000 smokers were helped by the Society’s quit smoking programs all throughout 2012.


In 2012, we provided 5,000 people having cancer treatment with accommodation at one of our lodges, and our volunteers drove 20,000 people to their cancer treatment centres.


Last year we reached 150,000 Canadians regarding sun safety initiatives.

Research and advocacy

1,700 cancer patients participated in clinical trials funded by the Society.

Connecting Online 24/7

In 2012, over 5 million visits to cancer.ca from our online communities and people in over 200 countries seeking up-to-date information.  CancerConnection.ca and ParlonsCancer.ca.  


More than 803,000 visits from mobile devices and our social media fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter twice as many as in 2011.

5,600 Canadians used CancerConnection – our telephone-based support program.

Interested in learning more?

Find out how we’re making a meaningful difference to Canadians. Read our annual reports.