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The National Asthma Patient Alliance (NAPA) is a group of Canadians who have asthma, or care about someone with asthma.  Sign up to receive your free NAPA membership including our e-newsletter, as well as advocacy and volunteer opportunities. Click here

Team Asthma
If you are active with your asthma, we’d love you to join Team Asthma! We are a network of active Canadians who proudly wear the Team Asthma logo and prove that asthma does not stop us from achieving our goals. Sign up and get more information today! Click here

Follow Team Asthma member and long distance runner John Healy’s blog as he trains to run with asthma. Click Here

Asthma Ambassadors
Do you want asthma information kits to share with friends and family to help them manage their asthma?  The Asthma Ambassadors is a peer-to-peer support and education program.  For more information on how you can help Click Here!


The Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta, in partnership with Anaphlaxis Canada and the Asthma Society, is working to help children and youth manage asthma and severe allergies.

We are developing online support programs for children (7-11) and youth (12-15). The support program includes 8 sessions over 8 weeks from Oct-Nov 2012.

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Sign-up today to volunteer with the Asthma Society of Canada. Your help can make a difference.
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AsthmaMeds gives you all the information you need about Asthma treatments and medications. Learn how to properly control your asthma by visiting

Join Dr. Eugene Airway and become an Asthma Agent. is an exciting way for kids to learn about their asthma. Visit!

Air Square
Air Square is your source for everything about teen asthma. Teenagers, check out any of our six stores for helpful information on living with and managing your asthma. Visit today!

Learn more about potential asthma triggers for every season of the year. 4 seasons of asthma highlights both indoor and outdoor asthma triggers summer, fall, winter and spring. Learn more by visiting

bad air day
Visit the Asthma Society’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) webpage. The AQHI is a web-based scale which indicates a local reading of air quality as it relates to your health.



Asthma Action Plans help sufferers manager their conditions. Learn more in this news story.
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Despite the new Texas study, asthma patients are advised to consult with their doctor before changing their Asthma Management Plan.
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Back to School can mean Back to Asthma: Prepare your child for the September Peak. Learn more about how you can help your kids control their asthma as they head back to the classroom this month. Click here

The Asthma Society of Canada participated in the World Congress of Asthma held August 18-21, 2012 in Quebec City, Quebec. Click here

The National Asthma Patient Alliance held its 5th Anniversary Meeting in Quebec City on August 18th. Read more about the experience from NAPA Executive Member Kerri MacKay. Click here

Read ASC President & CEO Dr. Robert Oliphant's editorial in the Hamilton Spectator discussing the dangers of coal-fired power plants and the need for renewable energy. Click here

Watch ASC President & CEO Dr. Robert Oliphant on The Weather Network discussing allergies, air quality and asthma. Click here

Asthma Society of Canada donates a spirometer to the Markham Stouffville Hospital on World Spirometry Day - June 27, 2012. Click here

Senator James Cowan supports Asthma Awareness Month with a statement in the Canadian Senate on May 16, 2012. To view his statement, Click here.

Following a successful intervention by the Asthma Society, the Canadian Transportation Agency issued a decision requiring Air Canada and WestJet to adjust their policies regarding cats traveling onboard their aircraft. Learn more


Asthma Education on Triggers, Environmental Control and Asthma Management: Two Tools Designed by and for First Nations Communities (2012)Developed a new culturally relevant "Asthma Triggers" workbook for First Nations. and adapt, develop and test the "Roaring Adventures of Puff" in as a new version titled Legend of Tahnee, the Wolf: My Asthma Journey. Click here for the Executive Summary.

The Respiratory Health Awareness Community Outreach and Engagement Model in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities: Pilot Intervention (2012) Building on our Phase I project with the National Lung Health Framework, developed and piloted a new Respiratory Health Awareness Model and Tool-Kit of resources in 7 First Nation, Innuit and Métis communities across Canada. Click here for the Summary Report.

Air Quality Health Index awareness and promotion to Canadians with chronic respiratory disease (2011 and 2012) Developed resources for individuals with chronic respiratory conditions, particularly asthma and/or associated allergies, to provide them with information about the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Click here for the Final Report.

Air Quality Heath Index and the 20/20 Way to Clean Air Campaign for Urban First Nations and for Participants in Marathons, Runs and Walks in the City of Toronto (Two projects - Summer/Fall 2012) In partnership with Toronto Public Health working to raise awareness about air pollution and respiratory health in First Nations people and among athletes participating in Toronto organized runs and walks.

Air Quality Heath Index and the 20/20 Way to Clean Air Campaign for First Nations people and Chinese community members with asthma and associated allergies residing in GTA (June 2011) In partnership with Toronto Public Health worked to raise awareness about air pollution and respiratory health in First Nations people and Chinese community members. Click here for the Final Report.

An Exploration of First Nations and Inuit Perspectives on Community Respiratory Health Initiatives (National Lung Health Framework project) (2010) Lead organization performing a baseline needs assessment on the kind and type of resources and materials for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Click here for the Executive Summary
Click here for the Project Fact Sheet

A Shared Voice (June 2010) Collected background information about existing asthma education resources for First Nations and Inuit community members, and identified how to make them culturally appropriate. Click here for the Summary Report.

Moving Asthma Issues Forward (2010) 2010 patient survey of NAPA members, their concerns and priorities for advocacy. Click here to view the survey results.

The Partnership in Lung Age Testing and Education (PLATE) Programme (2010) A one year project to determine effectiveness of a population-based approach to the management of asthma, associated allergies and COPD. Click here for the Final Report.

Taking Control - Living Well with Severe Asthma (2009) View the video & accompanying booklet online:
English: Booklet / Video
Francais: Brochure / Vidéo
Contact us to receive your own DVD copy.


Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly


This interactive site is full of easy to navigate features to help visitors find information they may need about Certified Asthma & Allergy friendly™ products.
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Allergies Count Too (ACT) provides people with asthma and/or allergies, their family members and health care professionals with relevant, up-to-date information about asthma, as well as enhanced education and support for allergy management. Click Here

13 versions of electronic greeting cards with asthma messages are avaliable for you to send to your friends and family. Click here to send one today.

Taking Control of Your Asthma 
The ASC and McMaster University are pleased to provide you with this new interactive e-Learning module. The module consists of animations and illustrations that help you understand how to Take Control of Your Asthma. e-Learning Module - Click Here > >

Walking A Good Walk With Asthma

The Asthma Society is pleased to announce the release of a new resource: Walking A Good Walk with Asthma, an educational workbook. Designed by and for First Nation communities who worked with the Asthma Society to adapt our Triggers booklet, this workbook is culturally relevant, easy to read and highlights personal stories from First Nations community members living with asthma.


Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
On October 14, 2012 join Team Asthma for the marathon, half-marathon or 5k race and help prove that people with asthma can train, compete and be physically active. Register for free by committing to raise $200 for the Asthma Society. Email for more details.

FREE Toronto Running Clinic
Join elite runner and former running coach John Healy for a series of free tune-up runs for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Clinics run Monday September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 and 8 at 6:30pm meeting at St. Louis Bar and Grill in The Beach (1963 Queen Street East). RSVP preferred but not required

Asthma Society of Canada Fundraising Event in Hamilton:
Monster Mash in Memory of Morgan, October 27, 2012 at Oakwood Place
Howard “Morgan” Henry lost his life in 2011 due to a severe asthma attack. His death was an unexpected tragedy, very difficult for his family and friends. They have chosen to honour his memory by raising funds to assist the Asthma Society of Canada in its ongoing work to help others BREATHE EASY.
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The 2012 Canadian Health Policy Assembly:
Focus on Chronic Disease
Banff, November 8-10, 2012
Session: Treating the Patient and not just the Symptoms
Mini-Keynote: Carole Estabrooks, University of Alberta
Moderator: Anne Snowdon, Richard Ivey School of Business
Panellists: Rob Oliphant, Asthma Society of Canada; Cathy Fooks, The Change Foundation; Anna Reid, Canadian Medical Association; Don Ford, CECCAC, Ontario

About the Asthma Society
Did you know that we are the only national organization whose sole mandate is to help Canadians live well with asthma? Find out more about us, including our programs, publications, special events and how you can help.

Asthma Education Centres are available across Canada for people with asthma. Use this tool to find an asthma education centre near you!
Services & Programs

The Asthma Society of Canada has developed a number of programs to help Canadians with asthma to achieve symptom free living.
Media Series to raise awareness and importance of recognizing early signs of asthma.

We have developed a variety of free educational materials and resources that provide Canadians with the latest asthma news and information.

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