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Improving lives today through Advocacy


Advocating for changes to government policy takes time, but holds great promise. We recognize that better access to treatments, drug coverage and bathrooms can truly improve life for people with Crohn’s and colitis.


Over the past year, we have stepped up to play a lead role in advocating for Crohn’s and colitis patients and the issues that matter most to them. Among our achievements: • Developing seven patient-focused feedback submissions to Government to help increase drug approvals for three new treatments coming to Canada;


• “Unlocking the bathroom door” in a variety of ways, such as working to change building codes and access rules. A new bathroom access campaign, GoHere, has been developed for launch in late 2014;


• Helping to pass Bill 21 - the Leaves to Help Families legislation in Ontario that provides job protection for caregivers helping family living with chronic conditions


Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is working hard to give these diseases the attention they deserve at all levels


of government. Outreach efforts over the past year have started the conversation with key government bodies, including the Public Health Agency of Canada. These efforts are paving the way for better recognition of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as chronic diseases that require both support and funding.


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