Many people think arthritis only affects older people, or that it is merely a word for aches and pains.

At CAPA, we work to clear up these misconceptions to create a better Canada for people living with arthritis and their support groups.

Arthritis is a collection of debilitating diseases which affect Canadians of all ages and backgrounds. By collecting and producing patient resources, policy papers, and outreach projects, CAPA seeks to educate and empower people living with arthritis so they can continue to positively contribute to society and improve their health care experiences.

Our Mission

Improve access to medications, health care professionals, and services.
Increase patient involvement in arthritis research and policy agendas.
Understand and influence  research and treatments.

Meet the  CAPA Team


To learn more about the current and former members of the CAPA Board Members, click here >

Medical Advisory Committee

CAPA Medical Advisory Committee has been established with the purpose of providing medical review to resources we develop and potentially to letters we submit about policies in arthritis care. Meet the members of the CAPA Medical Advisory Committee:

Dr. Bindee Kuriya, MD SM FRCPC

Dr. Janet Pope, MD MPH FRCPC

Dr. Carter Thorne, MD FRCPC FACP MACR

Our Strategy, Principles & Funding

CAPA Community

The CAPA community includes individuals from across the country. CAPA also works with individuals and organizations outside of Canada. CAPA reached out to its community in 2017 to ensure alignment with our strategic plan. Find out more here.

Strategic Partnership

CAPA and The Arthritis Society (TAS) recently joined forces to share resources and advance the voice of people living with arthritis on the national stage. While the two organizations have a long history of collaboration, this announcement cements that relationship towards a common goal: advancing patient well-being and advocacy. Learn more by reading the press release.

CAPA is an Affiliate Member of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA). The mission of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) is to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Canada affected by skin, hair and nail conditions, through collaboration, advocacy and education. The CSPA is a national non-profit organization. Website link: 

Thank You to our Supporters

We are attempting to diversify our funding sources. Support received by CAPA (including in-kind support) in the last two years include: Government of Canada, Health Canada, Innovative Medicines Canada, Innomar Strategies Inc., University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (UHN), Queens University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, Arthritis Alliance of Canada, ACE Planning and Consulting, The Arthritis Society, CADTH, CAOT, CAPDM, Canadian Rheumatology Association, CORECOM, FingerPost Consulting Ltd., The Brooks Group, The Canadian Pain Society, AbbVie Corporation, Alcimed, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Save You Skin Foundation, SparkPlug Coffee, SmithSolve LLC, UCB Canada, UCB Inc., The Hospital for Sick Kids, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and V3Media.

When you live with arthritis,
information is your most important tool.

The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) works with various groups in the arthiritis community to ensure the voice of people living with arthritis is heard and to bring you up-to-date information on issues that affect the arthritis community. We work with healthcare professionals, health organizations, clinicians, industry, health charities, researchers, and various levels of government.

We keep Canadian people living with arthritis and their support groups understand more about their disease and have a voice in managing it.

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