Webinar on Medical Cannabis

Join us on April 13th at 1 PM EDT to learn more about medical cannabis and using it to manage arthritis symptoms! We will hear from a panel of experts including family physician, Dr. Mark A. Ware, pharmacists, Anusha Vijayaraghevan and Ajay Chahal, and CAPA President Linda Wilhelm, who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for over 30 years. Register for this informative webinar here!

What have we been up to?


Artircle featured in HealthInsight – CAPA President, Linda Wilhelm, wrote an article called Living With COVID-19 When The World Has Moved On.

She discusses living with autoimmune conditions and being immunocompromised at this point in the pandemic. It was published in the Toronto Star and online on Health Insight as a part of their Chronic Conditions campaign. You can read it online here!


New Youth Committee! – We are pleased to share information about our new Youth Committee members who are currently working on developing resources by and for youth and young adults living with arthritis. This committee and related work is a continued collaboration with Take a Pain Check Foundation.

Patient partner interviews at the CRA annual scientific meeting! – CAPA members Natasha Trehan and Anna Samson were interviewed as a part of the #CRArthritis coverage of the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting last month. Watch their interviews and learn about the projects they are involved in here!

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month – March is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada. To raise awareness for juvenile arthritis and encourage early diagnosis and treatment we are sharing what we learned about youth and young adults with rheumatic diseases from the Make Rheum For Youth Survey we did last year in collaboration with the Take a Pain Check Foundation. Check out the infographics here!

Get Involved!

Registration is open for the Canadian Arthritis Research Conference – Register for the 5th Annual Canadian Arthritis Research Conference here! We are excited to share that CAPA’s Managing Director, Laurie Proulx is co-chair of this year’s conference. Free tickets are available for all Patient Partners. Please email imha-iala@cihr-irsc.gc.ca for a unique code that can be applied at checkout.

Help test the #CarteD’optionsEnAJI! -​ A University of Ottawa team led by Dr. Karine Toupin-April has developed the JIA Option Map, a web application that helps young people and their families make decisions about pain management treatments. They are asking French-speaking people to use the web application and answer some questions to provide feedback and help improve it. To participate and learn more, email Dr. Karine Toupin April at ktoupina@uottawa.ca or click here!

Research opportunity for French speakers living with arthritis – Arthritis Research Canada is still looking for French-speaking participants to participate in their French discussion group. They are inviting people with inflammatory arthritis to participate in a 2-hour online discussion group to discuss a new way of providing healthcare for arthritis that better meets patient’s needs. Participants would receive $30 for their participation. Click here to learn more.

Stay Informed

New blog section – We have two new blog posts available on the new Blog section of our website. Read about Jillian Banfield’s experience with total ankle replacement surgery and CAPA President, Linda Wilhelm’s news update about a new clinic in Thunder Bay that will offer support from an Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC)!

It’s tax season! – Do you know about the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)? It is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting family members reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Learn about eligibility and more here. 

CAPA’s new strategic plan – Read all about CAPA’s 2024 Strategic Plan! We are Canada’s only independent, volunteer-based arthritis patient organization run by patients for patients. Learn more about what our values, mission, partnerships, and more here.

Legislative Review of the Cannabis Act – Falls The Final Report of the Expert Panel on the Cannabis Act is out now. This review of the Act looks at the impacts of cannabis legalization in Canada and engaged over 600 participants.

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