Diabetes Management Support

Get connected to a program below for support with diabetes management (step 3)

The support of a whole healthcare team can lower the risk of diabetes-related health problems.

Support for Children & Youth

The Ontario Paediatric Diabetes Network (PDN) can help you to find  support for individuals under 18 years of age with diabetes.

Early screening, diagnosis, and urgent referral to specialized paediatric diabetes support by a primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) helps lower the risk of life-threatening diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Support for Adults

Within the Toronto Central Region how to connect to support for those 18 years of age or older depends on what type of diabetes it is.

Type 1 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, & Diabetes with Pregnancy

For those with type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes (high blood sugars during pregnancy), or type 2 diabetes (if pregnant or planning pregnancy) it is recommended by Diabetes Canada that diabetes care be provided by a team that includes a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist).

An endocrinology referral within the Toronto Central Region usually needs to be made by a primary care provider (e.g. physician, nurse practitioner). Providers can visit our Endocrinology Referral Support page for more information.

Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes

The programs below provide support for those with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or who are at very high risk of diabetes.

If you don’t know what type of diabetes it is and are looking for support you can click here to request support and select “I don’t know” for the type of diabetes.


Diabetes Education Programs

  • FREE program for individuals 18 years of age or older with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes (higher than normal blood sugar), or at very risk of developing diabetes
  • Programs are led by healthcare providers (e.g. Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians) and other program staff who work together with people’s other healthcare providers to support their health
  • Programs offer individual counselling and/or group workshops that increase people’s knowledge, skill and confidence to manage their health
Find out more about the Diabetes Education Programs in the Toronto Central Region

Diabetes Eye Screening Program – Teleophthalmology

  • FREE diabetes eye screening for individuals 18 years of age or older with type 1 or 2 diabetes who have not had a diabetes eye screening within the last year
  • Screenings are done by a registered practical nurse and results are sent electronically to be read by a retinal specialist
  • The program checks for diabetes-related eye damage and arranges further eye care, if needed, to repair damage
Find out more about Diabetes Eye Screening Program – Teleophthalmology

Self Management Programs

  • FREE programs for individuals 18 years of age or older with long-term health conditions
  • Programs are led by trained peer facilitators who are living with long-term illnesses such as diabetes
  • Programs will support individuals to learn and practice self-management skills (e.g. goal setting, problem solving) that will help them to better manage their symptoms of living with long-term health issues (e.g. diabetes, chronic pain, asthma, etc.)
Find out more about the Self Management Program in the Toronto Central Region