About Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada was founded in 1974 by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). They were concerned about the lack of funding for IBD research and they were interested in learning more about Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC).

From that small but dedicated group, Crohn's and Colitis Canada has grown to become a world leader in IBD research funding. Through the support of our generous sponsors and donors, Crohn's and Colitis Canada funds research projects that probe the mysteries of IBD. We know that life-altering treatments have been developed as a result of these discoveries, and we also know that one day, a cure will be found.

We are on a Mission

To achieve our goal of finding the cure, we are committed, first and foremost, to raising funds for research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

We also believe it is important to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by educating people with IBD, their families, health professionals and the general public about these diseases. There are many challenges for people living with IBD, ranging from lack of awareness of IBD as a chronic disease, to social stigma, to lack of equity in access to expensive IBD medications.

Research – The Reason We Exist

Crohn's and Colitis Canada believes that multiple research approaches are required in the search for a cure for IBD. IBD is a complex set of conditions, possibly triggered by an interaction between genetic, environmental and microbiological events. The highly integrated but differentiated set of circumstances that cause the onset of IBD can be varied; thus investigations must also be varied.

To that end, Crohn's and Colitis Canada is funding a multi-million dollar, multi-year study known as the Michael J. Howorth GEM (Genetics, Environmental, Microbial) project. GEM will investigate the potential causes of Crohn's disease by following 5,000 healthy individuals who are at high risk for developing Crohn’s disease. Please see www.gemproject.ca for more information on the GEM project or to enroll as a subject in the study.

 In addition to GEM, Crohn's and Colitis Canada also funds more than 30 research projects annually, and has provided more than $82 million in research funding since its inception. Furthermore we partner with many other research organizations to co-support investigations and build the global IBD knowledge base. We share, we learn, we grow together. Through our efforts both within Canada and internationally, we collaborate to uncover the secrets that will cure IBD.

Raising Awareness about IBD

Another strategic priority for Crohn's and Colitis Canada is education and enhanced public awareness about IBD. This set of diseases remained in the shadows for too long, relegating those with IBD to suffer in silence.

Crohn's and Colitis Canada provides brochures, holds education events and information sessions on IBD.

We are also in the process of building a Health Professional Program, connecting clinicians who have an interest in and treat people living with IBD. By creating and linking a network of IBD professionals, we will increase best practices in the field and enhance the knowledge base around the treatment of CD and UC.

Volunteers are the Heart of our Business

Without our volunteers, Crohn's and Colitis Canada would not be able to pursue its mission. Volunteers are truly our workforce in community right across the country. We have many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities in every Chapter. To get involved with a worthy cause and find out more about volunteering with us, please contact your local chapter, email us at volunteer@crohnsandcolitis.ca or visit to fill out a volunteer application.

You help yourself when you help others! Become a Crohn's and Colitis Canada volunteer today.

Donate and Make a Difference

The search for a cure for IBD takes long-term commitment and funding. Because of the generosity of our donors, Crohn's and Colitis Canada has become one of the world leaders in non-government funded research into IBD. We have any number of flexible giving plans that will suit you, including one-time donations, monthly donation plans and charitable bequests. We also have plans that will provide you with tax benefits under Canadian income tax laws.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-387-1479, or send an email to donations@crohnsandcolitis.ca

Thank you for your support!