Program Overview

A Friendship Program

Best Buddies builds friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering experiences while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Throughout their participation, people with an IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals take for granted.

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Participating Schools

Best Buddies

Best Buddies are dedicated students/people with an intellectual disability  who want to make a new friend. The Best Buddies program offers a chance to feel included, and enforces the message that we are all equal, and most importantly – deserving. People participating in the program often develop long-lasting friendships and social skills that are vital for a person’s development.

Community Agencies & Organizations

The Best Buddies program works in collaboration with local organizations, such as Associations for Community Living or L’Arche Communities as well as with the Special Education Departments of local high schools. By working together, Best Buddies is able to maximize its resources while enabling community organizations to broaden their programs and provide additional support for their clients.

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Our Mission

To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Get Involved!

Start a Chapter! Become a Buddy!

Best Buddies provides all participants with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a new friend. We have chapters in every province of Canada.

There are several ways that you can help Best Buddies Canada enhance our communities through one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students.

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