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Canadian Frailty Network

Better Care for Older Canadians Living with Frailty

Canada’s population is aging quickly. Today, many Canadians are living longer and healthier into their later years. But as the number of seniors grows, so does the number of Canadians living with frailty with more complex health challenges and care needs.

Canada’s ability to care for more than 1.2 million older adults living with frailty along with their families, caregivers and care providers received a significant boost with the announcement March 1st of $23.9 million in renewal funding for Canadian Frailty Network from the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program for a second five-year term (2017-2022). This funding will be leveraged by $30 million in projected cash and in-kind contributions from 150 partners in the academic, industry, community and government sectors. Click here for details.

CFN is Canada’s exclusive network for older adults living with frailty. We facilitate evidence-based research, knowledge sharing and clinical practices that improve healthcare outcomes for frail older Canadians, their families and caregivers. CFN takes a collaborative and patient-first approach – with our industry, academic, care-provider and patient-advocate partners, we lead Canadian research, knowledge mobilization and training focused on the urgent care needs of this vulnerable population. 

Are you passionate about improving care for older Canadians?

Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for its advisory committees.

Click here to read the general eligibility requirements, and expectations, of Committee members, and to see the specific Terms of Reference for all our Committees.

Current vacancies

Canadian Frailty Network is currently looking for volunteer members in the following areas:

  • Citizen representatives on our Citizen Engagement, Education and Training, and Knowledge Translation Committees
  • HQP representatives on our Citizen Engagement, Education and Training, Knowledge Translation and Scientific Review Committees

CFN's 4th Annual National Conference

More than a million Canadian seniors are living with frailty: this may double by 2022. What does Canada’s healthcare system need to look like in 2022 to meet this challenge? What evidence is needed? How do we scale best practices nationally? What domestic and international collaboratives could be formed to expedite this? How can we engage our citizens to transform care of older Canadians living with frailty?


These questions and more were discussed at the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) 2017 National Conference: Canada’s pre-eminent conference on frailty held April 23-24 in Toronto. Over 270 participants shared knowledge, brainstormed and networked with leading Canadian and international experts in the field – addressing the full continuum of care, education/training and citizen engagement. In addition to presenting the latest knowledge – looking ahead to the next five years and beyond was a focal point and recurring theme throughout the conference.

2017 Conference Register Now ENG

Perspectives on aging and frailty health with Dr. Duncan Sinclair

View a compelling video from CFN Board Members and  former Queen's University Dean of Medicine, Dr. Duncan Sinclair. Dr. Sinclair describes what frailty means to him, and the steps he is taking to delay the onset of frailty and to ensure his end-of-life care decisions are closely followed. Dr. Sinclair spoke at our Giving Voice to Frail Elderly Canadians conference in 2015.


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