Autoimmune Diseases

Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF)

CANAAF supports those affected by alopecia areata by promoting awareness, providing support and education, and raising funds to assist research. Our volunteers and support group leaders are found all across Canada, offering support resources for children, teenagers, and adults affected by alopecia areata.


Lupus Canada

Lupus is a complex and baffling condition that can target any tissue or organ of the body, including skin, muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain. Lupus is a chronic disease caused by inflammation in one or more parts of the body and affects more than 50,000 Canadians. A common symptom of lupus is the Malar “butterfly” rash, a red rash that extends across the upper cheeks and bridge of the nose. Over 80% of people diagnosed with lupus are women in the prime years of their lives – between the ages of 15 and 45 years. Especially impacted are communities which include women of African, Caribbean, Asian and Aboriginal descent.

Lupus Canada and local lupus organizations strive to increase public awareness about lupus and provide educational resources to people living with lupus as well as their friends and family. Often known as “the disease of a thousand faces,” Lupus Canada provides the latest information, including strategies to live well with lupus, “ask the experts” section, advocacy resources and tools, and the latest information on lupus research in Canada. To learn more, please contact Lupus Canada.

Ms Catherine Madden, Executive Director
3555 14th Avenue, Unit 3
Markham, ON   L3R 0H5
Tel: 905-513-0004 or 1-800-661-1468
Fax: 905-513-9516

Lupus Ontario

Lupus Ontario is the largest provincial voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with lupus through advocacy, education, public awareness, support and research. Celebrating 30 years of service in 2008, Lupus Ontario was formed in 2004 when The Ontario Lupus Association and the Lupus Society of Hamilton amalgamated. Both organizations were formed in 1978 by volunteers dedicated to helping lupus patients learn about and cope with this life-altering and sometimes life-taking autoimmune disorder. Over 1:1000 Canadian men, women and children are living with lupus. Lupus Ontario is a member organization of Lupus Canada and our ultimate goal is: Life without lupus.

2900 John St. Suite 301
Markham, Ontario L3R 5G3
Toll Free: 1-877-240-1099
Tel: 905-415-1099
Fax: 905-415-9874

Canadian Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation

The Canadian Pemphigus and Pemphigus Foundation was created to help Canadians who are suffering from these diseases obtain the help they need to better cope with their illness and the drugs used in their treatment. We help set up and sustain support groups across the country, develop and distribute relevant information and educational materials for Canadians and work with other organizations and medical professionals who share our interests in improved health management strategies and finding a cure.  We are caring, compassionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of Canadian pemphigus and pemphigoid patients and their families. Please visit our website for more information and to find a support group near you.