GoHere Washroom Access Program

Imagine if you lived with a lifelong condition where you needed to go to the washroom between five and 20 times a day

Increasing Washroom Access Changes Lives 

CCC-GOHERE-CS5-1.JPGA primary lifestyle concern for the 270,000 Canadians living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is accessing washrooms when they are away from home. Living with Crohn’s or colitis is a daily challenge. Faced with the anxiety of an accident due to incontinence, many choose to stay at home. Those that do not must plan their activities around publicly accessible washroom locations. 

The GoHere Washroom Access Program makes it possible for individuals to escape the social isolation these diseases can cause. This program makes it easier for people living with Crohn's or colitis or both to manage their symptoms and lead more active, productive and fulfilling lives.

There are many more individuals who benefit from increased washroom accessibility. These include individuals with various conditions that cause incontinence issues, such as certain neurological disorders and forms of cancer. Seniors, pregnant women and young children are groups who also benefit from the GoHere program. 

The GoHere Washroom Access Program employs innovative practices by utilizing a 3-pronged strategy: business outreach and storefront signage; a digital and dynamic app designed to find accessible washrooms before leaving your home; and an access card, to raise awareness when Canadians face questioning regarding their inflammatory bowel disease and its accommodation needs. ​

The program helps create communities that are understanding, supportive and accessible for Canadians with disabilities that cause incontinence. We want everyone to have the opportunity to engage and thrive in their community. 

GoHere Decal: Business washroom access, no questions asked

GoHere-Helix-Hearing-Care.JPGParticipating businesses will be identified by displaying the GoHere decal on their storefront window. The decal signals to people with incontinence that washrooms are open and available, no questions asked.

There is no cost to join, yet the benefits to the whole community are transformational. Get your business involved by applying for your decal today. If you see a shop displaying the GoHere decal, please take a moment to thank them for being aware of these conditions and taking positive action. 

GoHere Washroom Locator App: So you know where to go, when you have to go 

BurnabyCouncillorSavDhaliwal.jpgThe GoHere Washroom Locator App helps people find the closest available washroom, anywhere in Canada. You can plan for washroom access en route to your destination or in advance by using the GoHere app. The app is free and available on an iPhone, Android and Blackberry Touchscreen.

Takeda Canada has been a major partner of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada GoHere program since it was first launched in 2015.

GoHere Washroom Access Card: Opening washroom doors 

GOHERE-DIGITALACCESSCARD-4X6.JPGA special feature of the GoHere app is the personalized virtual GoHere Washroom Access Card to show proof of medical need. The card acts as a safeguard for people facing emergencies and needing access to a location that has not yet joined the GoHere Decal Program.


Interested in volunteering with GoHere? Fill out a Volunteer Application Form now and indicate that you are specifically applying for the GoHere Washroom Access Program. 

If you would like additional information or have a question, please email us at gohere@crohnsandcolitis.ca.

  • 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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