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How was It Then and and How is it Now?

Rheumatoid Arthritis caused significant mobility issues, often resulting in an inability to go to school, work, or participate in regular social activities. In some cases, it caused premature death. Learn more from CAPA's newly developed Then and Now infographic how the situation has changed over 20 years!

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New Canada Recovery Benefits – What to Expect

New Canada Recovery Benefits – What to Expect

We would like to thank all participants of the CAPA Webinar on Disability Tax Credit (DTC) that was hosted by the Canada Revenue Agency representatives on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Participants were able to learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply for these...

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Backgrounder for Bill C-17

Backgrounder for Bill C-17

Bill C-17 amends the Food and Drugs Act, which hasn’t been substantially updated in over 50 years. It was introduced to the House of Commons by the Minister of Health in December 2013. The Bill has two main goals: Strengthen safety oversight of therapeutic...

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Health Canada Information About Opioids

Health Canada Information About Opioids

Pain is the hallmark symptom of the various forms of arthritis. We've been involved in advocating on issues relating to arthritis pain, such as the federal action plan on opioids and the Chronic Pain Research Network. Health Canada information about Opioids Letter to...

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CAPA Position Papers

Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is an important topic for people who live with arthritis and who are looking for ways to relieve their pain. CAPA's position paper is here, and you may also wish to learn more about this topic using resources provided by the Arthritis...

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Arthritis Patient Charter

Arthritis Patient Charter

Arthritis Patient Charter The effort to create this Arthritis Patient Charter, once again has been a truly grassroots one, with all groups in the arthritis community working together under CAPA’s leadership. The landscape of arthritis and healthcare...

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CAPA Letters to Canadian Governmental Bodies

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Open Consultation

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Open Consultation

We have shared our perspectives about the proposed changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) over the years. We continued to share the need for PMPRB to actively engage with patients, or people with lived or living experience, in all aspects of...

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Canada Disability Benefit

Canada Disability Benefit

We participated in consultations held by Employment and Social Development Canada, a federal organization that is leading the development of the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB)  regulations. The CDB was passed in legislation in June 2023 however the details of what...

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pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) submission

pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) submission

We participated in consultations held by the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), an federal organization that determines whether or not it will enter into a negotiation for a drug and negotiates terms of an agreement with a drug manufacturer.  We developed a...

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CAPA Letter to Provinces about Masking in healthcare

CAPA Letter to Provinces about Masking in healthcare

The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) wrote a letter about the recent policy change that removed the requirement for masking at health care facilities in provinces of Canada. We addressed this letter to all provincial Health Ministers asking to reinstate the...

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Letter to Minister of Health regarding PMPRB

Letter to Minister of Health regarding PMPRB

CAPA has partnered with 23 patient organizations to write a letter to the Minister of Health strongly supporting the decision that Minister announced on April 14th, 2022 with regards to the Amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations providing new tools to...

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Related CAPA Projects

From Colombia to Canada: A Medical Cannabis Journey

By: Cristina Montoya Why would someone from Colombia, who grew up during the height of the drug cartel wars, have an interest in medical cannabis? Let me walk you through my experience of living with chronic pain for almost 20 years and how the addition of cannabinoid...

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New Educational Webinar about Cannabis and Arthritis!

New Educational Webinar about Cannabis and Arthritis!

We know pain and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of living with arthritis, and many people living with arthritis have asked us about using medical cannabis for their symptoms. We are pleased to offer another webinar for our community where we will bring...

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Message from President

Message from President

2024 President’s Message It’s amazing to me that another full year has passed since I wrote last year’s message. Time goes by quickly and I hope you have managed to carve out some time for self-care! 2023 was a productive year for CAPA; Anna Samson has taken on our...

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Meet Bella Cairns – Student Occupational Therapist

Meet Bella Cairns – Student Occupational Therapist

 By: Bella Cairns Hi, I’m Bella Cairns, a student occupational therapist (OT) from McMaster University. I am in the final six weeks of my academic career and am thrilled to be joining CAPA for part of my final placement. I am working alongside Laurie Proulx and...

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Patient Spotlight!

Patient Spotlight!

Prolonged fevers, rashes, chronic inflammation, joint pain and swelling, and chronic fatigue; these are just a few of the symptoms that can affect patients living with rare autoinflammatory conditions. Some of these diseases occur soon after birth and can develop...

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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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