Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

CNIB was founded in 1918 and has grown to become the primary resource for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, with offices in communities across the country.  Vision loss is a complex issue with many underlying challenges.  For that reason, CNIB is made up of 3 pillars designed to address the challenges of vision loss from all angles so that they can provide real, sustainable help to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  These pillars are community-based support, knowledge and a national voice. 


CNIB's services include rehabilitation and support, an extensive range of helpful products that can make life with vision loss easier and one of the world’s largest libraries for people who are unable to read traditional print all of which are designed to help Canadians overcome the challenges of vision loss and lead full, active lives.

Whether you are looking for emotional support, practical ways to stay active and independent without vision or more information about your vision health CNIB can help.


By joining the CNIB volunteer team, you will help empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Volunteer opportunities vary across the country, but all our volunteers are engaged in meaningful and rewarding work that meets the needs of their local community.
How you can Help

  • Provide administrative support
  • Work directly with people who are blind or partially sighted
  • Increase public awareness about CNIB and vision loss
  • Help raise money
  • Produce Braille or audio books at our national library in Toronto
  • Engage in leadership opportunities
"You bring the passion! We'll turn it into effective action."

For more information on CNIB services click here.