The Challenge

Scarborough is home to a “diabetes hotspot” with the second-highest number of diabetes patients per capita in Ontario. There is also a high incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD), resulting in the need for life-sustaining dialysis treatment. Our community is over 59% new Canadians, a large number of which come from backgrounds that are genetically predisposed to diabetes and kidney disease. To address this need, SHN operates one of the largest Regional Nephrology Programs in North America. However, the need for dialysis is growing, and our existing spaces are aging and will not be able to keep up with future demands.

Your Impact

Conceptual rendering of the new Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre

Your support will expand dialysis care in Scarborough by creating the innovative Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre. Bridletowne will be a brand-new community hub that brings together dialysis, social services, fitness and education facilities, and inclusive community spaces. Bridletowne will offer a variety of services to address the complex, multifaceted needs of the community — all easily accessible under one roof.

Bridletowne will make it easier, quicker, and more enjoyable for patients to receive dialysis care. It will also focus on educating our community on how to manage, treat, and even prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and kidney disease before they start.

We were thrilled to officially break ground with our partners, the YMCA of Greater Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto, in June of 2022! This milestone was only possible thanks to our incredible donors.

Learn more about the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre.