Best Buddies Canada is a national registered charity that promotes inclusion by creating lasting one-to-one friendships between individuals living with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD and Autism Spectrum Disorder).

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.

Our Programs

Best Buddies firmly believe that friendship is important in the development of all people and that for people with intellectual disabilities, friendship is a medium through which they can become members of the community. Our program offers people with intellectual disabilities the chance to experience the experiences that most of us take for granted: going for coffee, going to the movies, or just being with a friend. The program provides members with opportunities for social interaction and helps build lasting and meaningful friendships.

Best Buddies establishes chapters in elementary, middle schools, high schools, CEGEPs and universities across the country. Each chapter is led by students who collaborate with faculty and community partners to create and monitor pairs.

Our Chapters

Click on the map below to view an interactive chapter map.