For Professionals


Many people are curious about how COVID-19 is affecting people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Health professionals have been keeping track of cases of COVID-19 among people with IBD around the world. They are storing this information in a database called Surveillance Epidemiology of Coronavirus Under Research Exclusion (SECURE-IBD). 

The main purpose of SECURE-IBD is to help health professionals collaborate and share data quickly. The data is publicly available for people to see; however, keep in mind that you should be cautious about drawing your own conclusions. Before we can draw conclusions from the data in SECURE-IBD, experts must analyse the numbers. We will share the conclusions from these analyses as they become available.

If you are a patient or caregiver, the most effective way for you to use this resource is by asking your healthcare provider to input your case in SECURE-IBD if you or your child test positive for COVID-19.

If you are a healthcare provider, please click here to report any confirmed COVID-19 cases among people with IBD in the database.

Help Us Spread the Word About SECURE-IBD 

Crohn's and Colitis Canada has developed posters for you to use to direct health care professionals to the SECURE-IBD database and report confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Secure IBD Poster

Please click here to download a PDF copy that can be shared electronically or posted in-clinic.

webinars for healthcare providers

Building from a series of successful patient-centred webinars, we saw an immediate need to bring together frontline healthcare providers in discussing IBD patient care issues and solutions.

The COVID-19 & IBD HCP Forum is a regular virtual session held on Thursdays to update and engage you in discussing issues and solutions for providing IBD care during the pandemic.

For more information and to register for upcoming webinar(s), please click here.

resources for patients


As our knowledge of COVID-19 and IBD is rapidly evolving, we will be updating the information on our website regularly. We also will be holding webinars every two weeks with IBD experts who will be there to answer your questions. If you are unable to attend the live session(s), you can still register and receive a link to the recording(s) once they become available.

Click here to register for upcoming webinar(s) and watch our past videos(s).

Letter of Support for Work and School 

The Crohn's and Colitis Canada COVID-19 Task Force has developed a letter of support for people affected by IBD that can be provided to employers and school administrators.

The letter outlines the impact of COVID-19 on people living with Crohn's or colitis, guidance for immunocompromised patients, and accommodations for work and school. Please click here to download a copy of the letter. 

Help Share our Resources

Crohn's and Colitis Canada has developed posters for you to use in your clinic to help direct patients to their weekly webinars on COVID-19 and IBD.
  Crohn's and Colitis Canada has developed a poster for you to share with your patients to make them aware of what Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is doing for patients living with IBD during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Benchimol and Dr Kaplan photos

Want to help boost our research initiatives?

Text CURE to 20222 to donate $25 to support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s world class research projects!


  • 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.