Who We Are

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.

We are one of the top two health charity funders of Crohn’s and colitis research in the world, investing over $145 million in research since 1974, leading to important breakthroughs in genetics, gut microbes, inflammation and cell repair as well as laying the groundwork for new and better treatments.

We are transforming the lives of people affected by Crohn’s and colitis (the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease) through research, patient programs, advocacy, and awareness.

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We are on a mission

We aspire to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of everyone affected by these diseases.

We work towards this promise by investing in research, patient programs and services, advocacy and awareness

Read more about our Promise, Strategy and Values.

From past to present

Crohn's and Colitis Canada was founded in 1974 by concerned parents hoping to help their children and others living with Crohn's or colitis. Watch the compelling story to learn more about our beginnings.

Click here to read more about Crohn’s and Colitis Canada in our brochure.

  • 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.

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