Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Approximately half of Canadians are living with a chronic health condition. Because of this staggering volume, it is evident that self-management will be necessary to keep people healthier and living independently in their own homes longer. Ontario Health continues to help support the lives of people living with chronic disease to live healthier more meaningful lives.

We offer the following FREE self-management programs:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), includes workplace CDSMP (wCDSMP)
  • Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
  • Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (TAS)

The patient does not need a referral from a doctor or health care professional to attend these workshops

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Kevin Ng, Manager, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at 807-626-8480

Become a CDSMP Volunteer! 

Volunteer Leaders Needed. Become a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Peer Leader

CDSMP Peer Leader is for individuals and caregivers living with a chronic condition.

The ideal CDSMP Peer Leader should possess a strong understanding of chronic diseases, excellent communication skills, and the ability to empathize with participants. They do not need to have experience in the healthcare field or health. They should have some knowledge of evidence-based self-management techniques. Additionally, they should be able to effectively lead group discussions, provide guidance and support, and adapt to the diverse needs of participants. Overall, a successful CDSMP Peer Leader should be passionate about empowering individuals with chronic diseases to take control of their health and improve their quality of life.


Characteristics of a CDSMP Peer Leader
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to create a positive and inclusive learning environment
  • Confidence in facilitating group discussions and activities
  • Empathy and understanding towards participants’ needs and challenges
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the diverse needs of participants
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Passion for helping others improve their self-management skills.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Committed to the philosophy of the program, its objectives and goals (Dedicated to adopting healthy living and self-management principals)
CDSMP Peer Leader Expectations
  • Facilitate at least one 6-week workshops (virtual or in-person) as assigned, working with a co-leader.
  • Commit to leading at least one full workshop series annually.
  • Manage participant data, including attendance and evaluations, and report to the Manager.
  • Share workload with co-leader for preparation, teaching, and follow-up activities.
  • Follow the provided leader’s manual strictly; no additions or outside speakers.
  • Avoid personal advice, selling products, or endorsements.
  • Keep the Manager informed about availability and workshop logistics.
  • Assist program staff as needed and follow program rules.
Volunteer Peer Leader Training Requirements
  • Complete the full CDSMP Peer Leader’s training course including practice teaching assignments
  • Attend refresher sessions periodically to maintain certification.

Where possible, we prefer that Trainees have completed the Self-Management Workshop as a participant before training as a leader.

Upcoming CDSMP Peer Leader Virtual Training Sessions:

February 2024 from 9am-11:30am 

  • Week 0: February 1
  • Week 1: February 6, 8
  • Week 2: February 13, 15
  • Week 3: February 20, 22
  • Week 4: February 27, 29
  • Week 5: March 5, 7
  • Week 6: March 12, 14
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