On October 4, 2022, the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation hosted an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to bring awareness to vision care access challenges in Canada, specifically for remote communities, First Nations, and indigenous people. In Canada, five million people are suffering from uncorrected poor vision, of which 1.8 million people live with moderate to severe vision loss and 68,000 people are blind.
As a way to address this vision care gap in Canada, the advocacy event brought together Members of Parliament from each of the parties, key stakeholders and advocacy organizations to focus on the importance of vision and the impact it has on all Canadians. During the event, the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation will also demonstrate new technologies that can help bridge inequities related to vision care access. Awareness of the importance of vision care access is coming to the forefront in Canada, as Honorable MP Judy Sgro for Humber River - Black Creek, Ontario, has introduced Bill C-284 to establish a national eye care strategy.