Despite having officially recognized the best ME definition of any country (the Canadian Consensus Criteria), Canada has almost nonexistent funding for ME, making research difficult.
The Canadian group, the National ME/FM Action Network reports the following statistics:
There are 756,000 Canadians diagnosed with ME and/or FM.
In the fiscal year, 2014-2015, the Canadian federal government funded 54 cents per ME patient for research, and 71 cents per FM patient. Yes, that’s pennies, not dollars. (Note – for comparison, the US rate is $5 per CFS patient.)
There are more Canadians with ME and/or FM than Canadians with breast cancer, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis combined. Each breast cancer patient represents $164.00/annum in federal research funding, each Parkinson’s patient represents $353.00 in annual funding, and each MS patient represents $73.00 in annual funding.
For more information and an opportunity to help fund ME research in Canada take a look at this article; Canadian Aviva – MEadvocacy.orgF. They offer a detailed explanation of the contest and offer more details about the state of funding in Canada. If you aren’t familiar with this site, you should take a look around and subscribe to their email list.. They’re a great source for the latest news on ME/CFS.