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The Ottawa MS Clinic (located at The Ottawa Hospital) in danger of closing. Ongoing budget cuts and lack of funding have left the clinic who treats more than 3500 patients struggling to function and keep their doors open. The Ottawa MS Clinic has a world renowned transplant program and is currently the ONLY hospital in Canada to offer transplants to MS patients. The closest MS clinic to Ottawa is located 200 kilometers away in Kingston, Ontario. The Kingston MS clinic currently has an eighteen month wait and is staffed with one neurologist.

Canada has one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the world. An average of 11 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day. (estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians have MS) The cause of MS still remains a mystery, MS is three times more likely to occur in women than in men, there is NO cure. Thanks to research there are now many disease-modifying therapy (DMT) options, (13+) as well as relapse management therapies, symptom management therapies (80+), and treatments still in development.(15+) Canadians need more MS clinics staffed with professionals who specialize in MS and therefore have experience and knowledge with all the options that are available.