About the CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national
voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities
to fully participate in life.
To do that, our dedicated specialists work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or
local CNIB offices - providing the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond vision
loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.
In addition to our community-based services, we also work hand-in-hand with Canadians who are blind
or partially sighted to advocate for a barrier-free society, and we strive to eliminate avoidable sight loss
with world-class research and by promoting the importance of vision health through public education.
Who we Are
Since our founding in 1918, CNIB has grown to become the primary resource for Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted, with offices in communities across the country. We're proud to help thousands
of Canadians see beyond vision loss every single day.
What we do
Vision loss is a complex issue with many underlying challenges. For that reason, our work is made up of
three pillars designed to address the challenges of vision loss from all angles - so that we're able to
provide real, sustainable help to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
Those pillars are: community-based support, knowledge and a national voice.
Who we serve
Any Canadian who has experienced a loss of vision, in any community nationwide, can come to CNIB for
rehabilitation support - whether you're an adult or senior; a child or teen; whether you've been
completely blind all your life or have recently experienced a partial loss of vision.
You don't have to be legally blind to come to CNIB (in fact, nine out of every 10 people we serve have
some degree of sight), and you don't need a referral of any kind.
• CNIB was founded in 1918 to serve veterans returning home blind from World War I.
• CNIB is one of Canada1s oldest charitable organizations and receives its funding through the
generous support of individuals, corporations, and other funders. Less than 35 per cent of our
funding comes from government sources.