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MS and the MS Society

MS and the MS Society

Multiple sclerosis

MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Since that includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve, MS can affect vision, memory, balance and mobility. It is considered an episodic disability meaning that the severity and duration of illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of wellness. It can also be progressive.

Canada has one of the world's highest rates of MS.

75% of people living with MS are women.

Most people are diagnosed when they are between 20 and 49 years of age.

Each month, 365 Canadians learn that they have MS.

Eighteen medications are currently used to slow the disease’s progression.

There is currently no cure for MS.


The MS Society

The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. We have a membership of over 7,000 and are the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services.


Canada remains at the forefront of MS research around the world. Through generous contributions from donors, corporate sponsors, and fervent fundraisers like UTHC participants, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has invested over $200 million dollars in research since its inception in 1948. This investment has led to significant results for people affected by MS. More specifically, MS Society funded studies have gone the distance in areas such as imaging, diagnosis, genetics, tissue repair, rehabilitation, and disease-modifying therapies. With each passing year research continues to reveal new knowledge around the cause of MS, as well as the mechanism by which MS impacts the central nervous system.

Programs and services

Whether a person has been recently diagnosed with MS, has been living with the disease for some time, or is close to someone affected by MS, they will find programs and resources intended to help them manage both the daily and longer term challenges that MS may present. Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease, and in communities across Canada, our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are here for people living with MS and their loved ones. No one needs to face MS alone and the fundraising you do through Ultra-Trail Harricana™ helps fund these resources.


The MS Society of Canada aims to improve quality of life for people living with M. The MS Society is continually developing government relations activitie. Government Relations efforts are aimed at improving legislation, policies, practices, opportunities and/or attitudes within different levels of government that impact people affected by MS. The MS Society would like politicians to consider four key priorities that are important to Canadians affected by MS: EI Sickness Benefits, Canada Disability Benefit, Access to Treatment, Care, and Housing and prioritize MS Research. There may be several priorities for the MS community, but there is one message that we are sending to politicians across the country — take action for MS.