Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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Heart & Stroke
Heart and Stroke 2017.svg
TypeNon-profit organization
Registration no.10684-6942 RR0001
FocusHeart disease and stroke
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Doug Roth, CEO
Formerly called
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1952-2016)
Heart and Stroke Foundation's fundraising Big Bike.
Former logo, used until 2016.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, branded since November 2016 as Heart & Stroke, is a Canadian charity dedicated to advocacy, education, and the funding of research surrounding heart disease and stroke.[1]

In November 2016, the organization re-branded as Heart & Stroke and introduced a new logo; the new branding is meant to signify a more "personal" approach to its marketing, with a wider targeting of younger demographics and immigrants.[1]

In early February 2018, the Foundation released "Ms Understood," a report about how women's early warning signs of a heart attack are frequently missed.[2]


The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has a number of annual fundraising events.

Big Bike[edit]

Big Bike is a fundraising event geared towards companies, community organizations, and groups. Twenty-nine riders power one big red bike for twenty minutes. The Big Bike event spreads awareness for heart disease and stroke and highlights the importance of raising funds for research. A portion of the money raised through Big Bike is used to fund research initiatives aimed at preventing heart disease and stroke, saving lives, and supporting survivors and their families.[3]

Jump Rope for Heart[edit]

Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraising event for students in elementary school.[4] The school-based event is a physical activity program based around skipping. Jump Rope for Heart celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017, with close to 4,000 schools participating across Canada.

Ride for Heart[edit]

Heart & Stroke's Ride for Heart is a yearly summer event based in Toronto, Ontario, taking place on part of the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, both of which are closed for the event. Ride for Heart originally started for cyclists but later opened up to runners and walkers. In 2017, Ride for Heart celebrated its 30th anniversary with 15,000 riders and 5,000 runners and walkers. Its title sponsor is Manulife Financial.[5][6]

Heart and Stroke Lottery[edit]

Proceeds from Heart & Stroke's annual lottery goes toward supporting grants for research at teaching hospitals and universities across the province of Ontario.[7][8]


The annual closure of the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway for Ride for Heart has been criticized for the amount of disruption it causes and its impact on traffic congestion. City Councillor Stephen Holyday has criticized the event and believes it should be relocated to city streets. According to Holyday, "I understand there is a coolness factor for closing down the highway, but, at what cost is that for mobility around the city?" [1] This event also causes a complete shutdown of all GO bus service to Union GO Bus Terminal from 9am to 2:30pm on the day the event is held [2] and significant delays to Toronto Transit Commission bus and streetcar service.

According to Charity Intelligence Canada, the Heart & Stroke Foundation only spent 52.7% of revenues on charitable programs in 2017, below the average of 75%. The remainder was spent on fundraising and administrative expenses. [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Heart & Stroke rebrand hopes to 'reignite the passion' in Canadians". Metro. Torstar. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Heart disease in Canadian women misdiagnosed, under-treated: Heart and Stroke". February 2018.
  3. ^ Meyer, Sean. "Big Bike again drives heart and stroke fight". The Weekly News. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Wagstaff, Andrew (2017-09-29). "PRES celebrates 25 years of Jump Rope for Heart". Amherst News Citizen Record. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  5. ^ "Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart - Run/Walk". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  6. ^ Rody-Mantha, Bree (2017-11-07). "Manulife becomes title sponsor for Ride for Heart". Media of Canada. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  7. ^ "Heart and Stroke Foundation: Calendar Lottery | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  8. ^ https://www.heartandstrokelottery.ca/

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