Washroom access and reopening of businesses

June 4, 2020

Get the latest recommendations for people affected by IBD. Panel experts discuss advocacy, safety, and challenges accessing public washrooms as the businesses begins to reopen.


  • Moderators

    Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist and Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada

    Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Division of Gastroenterology at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), NASPGHAN Canadian Councilor


    Dr. Lisa Barrett (MD, PhD, FRCPC), Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Divisions of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University

    Lezlie Lowe (MFA), Freelance Journalist, Author of  book “No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs”

    Emma Moore, IBD Patient Advocate, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s GoHere Washroom Access Ambassador


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.