MitoCanada is Canada’s only registered health foundation dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals, families and caregivers with mitochondrial disease.

MitoCanada is committed to providing knowledge, education and support to improve quality of life and is invested in advancing research that will help discover a cure for mitochondrial disease. We are facilitating a future where Canadians impacted by this debilitating disease feel inspired, empowered and supported to live their best lives.

What is mitochondrial disease?

Mitochondria are the ‘power plants/batteries’ that provide our bodies with all of the energy we need to power our cells and organs in order to walk, talk, laugh, hear, digest food, and breathe.

When someone has mitochondrial disease, it means that the power plants in their cells are not working properly. It also means that they could suffer a‘power failure’ in the organ systems that sustain life. This is a devastating disease and can be fatal.

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Every day, we support those living with mitochondrial disease with information, initiatives and opportunities to inspire, empower and connect while enhancing quality of life. We develop education and awareness programs. We advocate for those living with, or at risk of developing, mitochondrial disease. And, we fund research that is patient-focused and transformational.