Mission and Vision

Hypertension Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and control of hypertension and its complications. We work with leading minds across medical and health disciplines to advance research and professional and public education, and with policy makers to ensure Canadians can avoid the potentially deadly complications of hypertension.

Seven and a half million people in Canada, about 1 in 5 adults, live with hypertension. Rising blood pressure over the long term causes atherosclerosis – the main risk for premature death (before the age of 65).  

Canada has become a leader in the early detection of high blood pressure, its treatment and overall management.  Much of this success has been attributed to the Hypertension Canada Guidelines – a set of clinical practice guidelines which are rigorously reviewed and updated annually, providing health care professionals with the most up-to-date recommendations and guidelines for the detection, treatment and control of hypertension.

Despite recent achievements, 1 in 3 people with hypertension have uncontrolled blood pressure, particularly high risk patients with diabetes and kidney disease; and almost 1 in 5 people with hypertension are unaware of their condition.


Advancing health through the prevention and control of high blood pressure and its complications.


Canadians will have the healthiest and best managed blood pressure in the world.

Hypertension Canada delivers against mission/vision by striving for excellence in three core service areas:

  • Research: knowledge generation through research and innovation
  • Education: knowledge translation by turning discovery into practice
  • Advocacy: Creating supportive environments through healthy public policy and lifestyles

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