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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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]

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

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 BikeEdit

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 HeartEdit

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 HeartEdit

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 LotteryEdit

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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Heart & Stroke rebrand hopes to 'reignite the passion' in Canadians". Metro. Torstar. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
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  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". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  7. ^ "Heart and Stroke Foundation: Calendar Lottery | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
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