Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, a nonprofit voluntary agency, was founded in 1948 to fund medical research into multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults in Canada. It has since broadened its mandate to include provision of services to people who have multiple sclerosis and their family members and to educate the public and health-care professionals about this, as yet, incurable disease. In 1966, the Canadian organization helped found the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies. Headquartered in Toronto, the MS Society has 7 regional offices and approximately 100 chapters with a total of 25 000 members. The society has been instrumental, through its own funding and by urging increased government financial support, in advancing the development of multiple sclerosis research in Canada.