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Thanks to the generous support of our donors nationwide, the Arthritis Society is fighting the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation, information and support in every province and territory across Canada. Together, we’re making an impact from coast to coast to coast.

British Columbia

BC flagArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 750,000 people in British Columbia. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Dr. Lori Tucker at the University of British Columbia, who is developing a personalized approach to treatment decisions for children with arthritis.

  • PhD candidate Enoli De Silva at the University of British Columbia, who is investigating how blood platelets contribute to rheumatoid arthritis.

Recent research developments:

  • University of British Columbia-Arthritis Research Canada researcher Dr. Jackie Whittaker and trainee Christina Le found that youth and young adults with sports-related knee injuries experience a poorer health-related quality of life as long as three to 12 years after injury, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

  • University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Mark Harrison found that a multidisciplinary model of care is perceived to be more effective for people with inflammatory arthritis, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

  • University of British Columbia-Arthritis Research Canada researcher Dr. Mary De Vera found that people with gout are more likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to those without this painful condition, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,000 people from British Columbia took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • Our online advocacy campaign in advance of the October 2020 provincial election encouraged 400 people to send letters to party leaders calling for all parties to make arthritis a priority with a focus on reducing wait times for joint replacement surgery.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from British Columbia. In 2020-2021:

  • 6,400 people from more than 410 cities and towns in British Columbia participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • 120,000 people from British Columbia sought information and support from our website.

  • 200 people from British Columbia accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Alberta

AlbertaArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 650,000 people in Alberta. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Dr. Walter Herzog at the University of Calgary, who is researching if osteoarthritis can be prevented by tackling obesity with diet and exercise.

  • Dr. Lauren Beaupre at the University of Alberta, who is investigating if a virtual arthritis rehabilitation program delivered via smart phone is feasible and effective in improving outcomes for patients in rural areas.

Recent research developments:

  • University of Calgary trainee Darren Mazzei recently found that supervised exercise programs for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis provide health benefits and are cost-effective, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 500 people from Alberta took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Alberta.

  • 4,100 people from more than 100 cities and towns in Alberta participated in Arthritis Talks in 2020-21.

  • 67,000 people from Alberta sought information and support from our website in 2020-21.

  • 150 people from Alberta accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line in 2020-21.

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Saskatchewan

SaskatchewanArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 200,000 people in Saskatchewan. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 is:

  • Dr. Emily McWalter at the University of Saskatchewan, who is using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study early joint degeneration in OA, how it progresses, and how it is affected by treatments.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 100 people from Saskatchewan took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

Learn more about advocacy

Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Saskatchewan. In 2020-2021:

  • 900 people from more than 40 cities and towns in Saskatchewan participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • 19,000 people from Saskatchewan sought information and support from our website.

  • 90 people from Saskatchewan accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Manitoba

MB FlagArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 200,000 people in Manitoba. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 is:

  • Dr. Liam O’Neil at the University of Manitoba, who is researching the role of white blood cells called neutrophils in rheumatoid arthritis development.

Recent research developments:

  • University of Manitoba’s Dr. Lily Lim recently found that students with childhood arthritis performed worse than their peers on their Grade 12 standardized math and language tests, independent of their sociodemographic factors and common childhood mental health issues, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 200 people from Manitoba took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • In early 2021, we were pleased to see the province of Manitoba announce increased surgical capacity to address pressing backlogs for joint replacement surgeries.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Manitoba. In 2020-2021:

  • 1,800 people from more than 40 cities and towns in Manitoba participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • 22,000 people from Manitoba sought information and support from our website.

  • 80 people from Manitoba accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Ontario

OntarioArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic condition, scorching the lives of approximately 2.3 million people in Ontario. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Dr. Robert Rottapel at the University Health Network, who is investigating a new childhood inflammatory syndrome.

  • Dr. Cheryle Séguin at Western University, who is studying the links between obesity, changes in specific proteins, disc degeneration and back pain.

Recent research developments:

  • Institute of Work and Health researcher Dr. Arif Jetha discovered that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a loss of employment among young adults with arthritis and created barriers to healthcare and treatment access, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

  • University Health Network and University of Toronto's Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan and trainee Mable Wing Yan Chan created a new tool to evaluate osteoarthritis treatments in the lab, which could accelerate the testing and development of new drugs, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

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Advocacy

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,900 people from Ontario took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • We ensured that the provincial government heard these priorities, participating in multiple discussions with the Minister of Health, health critics, and members of provincial parliament.

  • We collaborated with the Ontario Rheumatology Association to address issues in biosimilar policy, drug shortages, and virtual care.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Ontario. In 2020-2021:

  • 16,000 people from more than 460 cities and towns in Ontario participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • 300,000 people from Ontario sought information and support from our website.

  • 900 Ontarians accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Quebec

QuebecArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 1.25 million people in Quebec. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Dr. Fawzi Aoudjit at Université Laval, who is targeting the movement of inflammatory cells to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Dr. Évelyne Vinet at McGill University Health Centre, who is working on a project to understand the safety of biologics in pregnancy.

Recent research developments:

  • Université Laval researcher Dr. Maria Fernandes recently discovered how a protein dampens inflammatory responses seen in gout and other types of inflammatory arthritis, one of our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 900 people from Quebec took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

Learn more about advocacy

Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Quebec. In 2020-21:

  • About 12,000 people from more than 600 cities and towns in Quebec participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • 400,000 people from Quebec sought information and support from our website.

  • Hundreds of Quebecers accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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New Brunswick

New-Brunswick flagArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 150,000 people in New Brunswick. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

While there are currently no active research projects in New Brunswick being funded by the Arthritis Society, the outcomes of research across the country will impact all Canadians living with this disease, such as the discoveries showcased in our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

Learn more about research

Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 people from New Brunswick took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • Letters were sent to party leaders in New Brunswick during the September 2020 provincial election calling for action on joint replacement wait times. The re-elected party released a plan to address this issue.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from New Brunswick. In 2020-2021:

  • About 1,300 people from at least 90 cities and towns in New Brunswick participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • More than 23,000 people from New Brunswick sought information and support from our website.

  • 18 people from New Brunswick accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Prince Edward Island

PEI flagArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 25,000 people in Prince Edward Island. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

While the Arthritis Society is not currently funding any active research projects in Prince Edward Island, the outcomes of research across the country will impact all Canadians living with this disease, such as the discoveries showcased in our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

Learn more about research

Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 people in Prince Edward Island took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • The Arthritis Society and our partners advocated for the hiring of a rheumatologist in Prince Edward Island for several years – a goal that we accomplished in 2020.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Prince Edward Island. In 2020-2021:

  • About 400 people from at least 25 cities and towns in Prince Edward Island participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • Almost 5,000 people from Prince Edward Island sought information and support from our website.

  • 6 people from Prince Edward Island accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Nova Scotia

Nova ScotiaArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 200,000 people in Nova Scotia. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Dr. Rebecca Moyer at Dalhousie University, who is leading research on getting people with knee osteoarthritis moving to improve their health.

  • A team including Dr. John Hanly at the Dalhousie University lupus clinic, who are performing a nationwide study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on people with arthritis. As many as 260 clinic patients are participating in the study.

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 200 people from Nova Scotia took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • To provide insight to the provincial government, we prepared a pre-budget submission highlighting priority issues for people living with arthritis.

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Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Nova Scotia. In 2020-2021:

  • About 1,900 people from more than 120 cities and towns in Nova Scotia participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • More than 29,000 people from Nova Scotia sought information and support from our website.

  • 60 people from Nova Scotia accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Newfoundland & Labrador

NewfoundlandArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 100,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research 

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

Among the researchers we funded in 2021-2022 are:

  • Christie Costello and Salem Werdyani, two research trainees at Memorial University, who are investigating why some people with osteoarthritis don’t respond well to joint replacement surgery.

Recent research developments:

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Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 60 people in Newfoundland and Labrador took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

  • Over 100 people in Newfoundland and Labrador sent letters to party leaders in the February 2021 provincial election, advocating for improved wait times for joint replacements.

Learn more about advocacy

Information & Support 

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2020-2021:

  • About 500 people from more than 40 cities and towns in Newfoundland and Labrador participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • More than 16,000 people from Newfoundland and Labrador sought information and support from our website.

  • 14 people from Newfoundland and Labrador accessed direct, one-on-one support through our Arthritis Line.

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Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon

BC flagArthritis is Canada’s most common chronic disease, scorching the lives of approximately 15,000 people in Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. The Arthritis Society is committed to helping all Canadians fight the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation and information and support.

Research

Donor support enables us to invest in research to better understand, diagnose and treat arthritis, with a goal to one day extinguish it for good.

While the Arthritis Society is not currently funding any active research projects in the Territories, the outcomes of research across the country will impact all Canadians living with this disease, such as the discoveries showcased in our Top 10 Research Advances of 2021.

Learn more about research

Advocacy

We advocate to all levels of government on the most pressing issues affecting people with arthritis, their families and caregivers.

  • At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 people from the Territories took action in an urgent appeal to government and political officials focusing on key arthritis-related issues including arthritis care, including access to medications and the reduction of wait times for joint replacement surgeries.

Learn more about advocacy

Information & Support

Drawing on the expertise of healthcare professionals, our information, resources and tools provide trusted, patient-centric information to thousands of people from the Territories. In 2020-2021:

  • More than 300 people from the Territories participated in Arthritis Talks.

  • More than 1,000 people from the Territories sought information and support from our website.

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