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How Your Gift Helps

How Your Gift Helps

Your generosity is improving the lives of Canadians with arthritis by funding cutting-edge arthritis research. Through the trust and support of our donors and partners, the Arthritis Society is Canada’s largest charitable funder of arthritis research, investing over $200 million in research projects since our founding that have led to discoveries in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis.

When you choose to donate, you are supporting people who need our education resources to help them navigate critical lifestyle and disease management questions. From workplace issues to exercise to mental wellness and many things in between, our wide-ranging resources are designed in collaboration with and for people directly impacted by arthritis. 

With your support, you are also creating long-lasting change at the policy level by enabling strategic advocacy on behalf of all Canadians living with the disease. As the leading voice for Canadians with arthritis, the Arthritis Society is calling for a clear, immediate, and sustained response to this growing crisis. 


Icon reseachOur community of supporters has always stood alongside the Arthritis Society as we push the boundaries in what’s possible for the future of arthritis treatment and care. This has led to more than $200 million in research investments since 1948.

The research projects we fund are directly informed by patient priorities – the voices of people with arthritis are critical to our approach. Our four main areas of focus are pain, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, childhood arthritis and workplace policies and accommodations.

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Information and Support

Icon of light bulb - solution“The doctors can’t teach you how to live,” says Anna Marie Frediani. “You need to find those tools yourself. Whenever anyone asks me how to live after diagnosis, I tell them the Arthritis Society is the place to start.”

Our education resources are a lifeline for people, like Anna Marie, who access our resources each and every year. Our goal is to support people from diagnosis through to treatment and lifestyle management. All of these education resources are made possible through the generosity of our community.

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Icon for advocacyArthritis is the most common chronic disease in Canada, affecting 1 in 5 Canadian adults. This disease has an impact on all facets or our economy, health care system and, most importantly, on people.

That’s why the Arthritis Society, with the support of our donors, actively champions the needs of Canadians affected by arthritis. Capturing the attention of decision-makers at both the federal and provincial levels of government drives positive policy changes and increases awareness and understanding of arthritis in Canada.

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