6 Million Canadians
1 in 6 Canadians experience reproductive health issues and may need to access fertility care in order to build their family. This translates to approximately 6 million Canadians. Fertility is not only a women’s health issue, it impacts all people, including men, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, and people who choose to start a family on their own.
Fertility treatment is expensive and it is not covered by all provincial health care plans. In Canada, the average cost of a single IVF cycle is $20,000. Many people will require more than one cycle in order to become pregnant and carry a baby to term. For people who need to use a surrogate to build their family, the cost can be upwards of $60,000.
We believe everyone has the right to try to build their family when they want, how they want, and on their own terms without barriers to receiving the medical care and resources they may need.
6K for the 6 million
Join us for the inaugural “Fertility Matters 6K”, a national event kicking off October 15th, on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and running through October 17th . Sixteen per cent of Canadians – roughly six million – experience fertility issues and, with them, a collection of knock-on effects, including anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, and financial burdens. The 6K distance was strategically chosen to represent the six million Canadians who are affected by fertility challenges. Proceeds will go towards FMC’s new national fertility advocacy strategy aimed at achieving equitable access to fertility care across all provinces.
This first-of-its kind virtual event will rally communities coast-to-coast to shed light on this important topic. Canadians can participate by signing up as an individual, joining a team or donating, and they are encouraged to share on social media using the hashtag, #FertilityMatters6K. The event is inclusive, with options to bike, run, walk, or wheel, and an opportunity to participate over the course of several days.
The accompanying social campaign, “I AM”, is designed to prompt participants to share via social media why they are supporting the cause. Whether it is “I am running to honour the baby I carried and lost at 12 weeks” or “I am donating to support my daughter and her partner as they continue their journey to parenthood,” this event will bring together everyone affected by fertility challenges in a meaningful way.
To better equip all Canadians to reach their fertility goals, FMC is launching a national advocacy strategy aimed at levelling access to costly services. All proceeds from the event will go towards ramping up this campaign, heightening public pressure on provinces to ensure access is equitable. It will also include identifying and changing barriers to accessing care experienced by the gender and sexually diverse, people with disabilities, black and other communities typically excluded from the current hetero-normative environment that dominates fertility care and coverage.
Currently only half of the Canadian provinces provide funding to assist with some of the out-of-pocket expenses associated with fertility care. With the average cost of a single IVF cycle approximately $20,000, trying to build a family for a vast number of Canadians is unattainable.
Partners That Care
Support. Education. Advocacy.
Fertility Matters Canada is the only national organization that provides support, information, education, and advocacy to the 6 million Canadians who are struggling to build their family or 16% of the total Canadian population (www.icmartivf.org).
We support all family building and believe everyone deserves the chance to build their family in whichever way works best for them. Fertility is not just a woman’s issue. It impacts men, members of the LGBTQ+ community, couples, and single people. We strive for all Canadians to have access to fertility care that is inclusive and diverse.
Equal access to care
Only five Canadian provinces provide some sort of public funding for fertility care. In every instance, patients must cover significant costs out of pocket.
Fertility Matters Canada is working hard to increase awareness for those struggling with fertility issues across Canada. We believe everyone should have adequate access to care and have begun working with stakeholders across Canada to advocate for equitable opportunities for modern family building . We believe that everyone has the right to create their families when and how they need to, without barriers to the information and medical care they need to do so.
To make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians struggling to build their families, a collaborative approach to fertility includes governments, physicians, businesses, and each of us. (www.fertilitybenefits.ca)
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Your support matters
Your donation to our charity helps FMC to continue the critical work to support, educate, inform, and advocate for all Canadians who need to access fertility care.
Here are some of the projects and services we provide, free of charge, thanks to your generosity!
- Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (CIAW)
- Fertility Benefits Matter Campaign
- Fertility Matters Newsletter
- Online Support Groups
- Fertility Expert Interview Series “Figuring Out Fertility”
- Our Patient Blog
And so much more!