CADDRA’s mission is focused on education, training, research and advocacy in the field of ADHD. CADDRA relies heavily on the contribution of its many volunteers – (Board, Advisory Council, committee and organization members) – who donate considerable time and expertise to the organization.
CADDRA’s activities – which include publication of the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines, an annual professional conference and research day, online training programs, ADHD TrEAT and advocacy – are funded in a variety of ways. Funding is obtained through membership fees, conference and training program fees, and sales of guidelines and courses. No corporate funding is sought or accepted for development, review and publication of the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines.
We receive some funding from pharmaceutical companies through sponsorship of our annual conference and educational grants for specific projects proposed to the funder by CADDRA. Funding is not conditional on incorporating messaging that benefits the company or promotes their products – in fact this is strictly prohibited according to the Rx& D Stakeholder Relations Collaborative Partnership Guiding Principles available on the Rx& D website. Conference sponsors have no input into the accredited conference program or schedule. CADDRA stipulates in all agreements with corporate, or any other type of funders, that the organization has full control of content and messaging in proposed projects.
In 2023, CADDRA was awarded its federal grant funding for the first time through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program. This grant supports the development of an online course for medical, healthcare and substance use professionals on ADHD and substance use.
CADDRA continues to work towards diversification of its funding base to obtain financial support for education, training and advocacy projects from a variety of private and public funded sources.
CADDRA was launched in 2004 to fill a void at the national level for an organization that could develop Canadian ADHD practice guidelines, facilitate the development and implementation of training standards and guidelines, share information among stakeholder groups, advocate to governments, teaching environments and employment organizations on ADHD and take a leadership role in ADHD research in Canada.
CADDRA remains committed to ensuring individuals with ADHD are provided with a high standard of support and care with the assistance of our hard working members. We will continue to do this work in a variety of ways as long as unconditional funding sources remain available.