CANIBD was established in 2015 to help meet the need for an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nursing network where best practices in IBD care could be shared. CANIBD is a Community of Practice for nurses working across Canada in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with a vision of improving the quality of care of people living with IBD. With this shared goal and recognizing the central role of IBD nurses in delivering care for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has partnered with CANIBD to work together to improve patient quality of care. 

There are over 80 IBD nurses across Canada, with many more providing care to IBD patients as part of their practice. These dedicated nurses provide clinical inpatient and outpatient care, telephone advice, transitional care, and biologic therapy support.


Our vision

To ensure people of all ages living with IBD in Canada receive high-quality clinical nursing care within a multidisciplinary team

Our mission

CANIBD is committed to improving the quality of care for people living with IBD by:
  • Providing mentorship and learning opportunities to IBD nurses in Canada
  • Creating opportunities for networking and sharing of best practices
  • Developing and adopting nursing guidelines and standards for IBD nursing in Canada
  • Elevating the profile of IBD nursing in Canada

Our impact

CANIBD has made great strides in advancing the IBD nursing profession. Since its establishment it has: 
  • Hosted seven annual conferences, bringing together IBD nurses from across the country to share best practices and learn more about advances in IBD care
  • Funded five clinical research pilot projects aimed at improving IBD patient care and quality of life
  • Supported fifteen travel scholarships enabling nurses to attend IBD education events
  • Created IBD nursing standards
  • Developed IBD nursing educational modules and hosted educational webinars
  • Paired junior IBD nurses with senior practitioners through a fellowship program

CANIBD supporters

CANIBD is grateful for the support of the following industry partners who make this work possible:

Amgen Canada Inc.

Join the conversation about IBD nursing by following CANIBD on Twitter @CANIBD.

  • 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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