A group of runners in a cross country race.

Join Team Asthma for the upcoming  Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 22nd, 2017!
Everyone is welcome. The race is open to adults, teens, and kids (see restrictions) to walk or run the marathon, half marathon, or the 5K.  You can even register your own Team Asthma team… of friends, family, or colleagues and run as a group.
Contact Crystal to get a discount on registration when you set a goal of raising $100 for Asthma Canada!
All you have to do is:

  • Go to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon registry page
  • Create your Race Roster profile as a Team Asthma member

When you are registered you can then choose to tell your friends and family about your support of Team Asthma.  You can even ask them to support you through a donation or by creating a team of people to run or walk together.  It’s easy to donate, or create a team!
If you set a fundraising goal of $100 or more you can talk to Crystal about receiving an athletic shirt from Asthma Canada!
Read our  Guide for Being Active and Healthy with Asthma to get started and contact us today.
If you have any questions or if you find the registration page confusing you are not alone. Get in touch with Crystal for any additional information.

Message about Wildfire
In an emergency situation or if you are having an asthma attack please go to the ER or call 911
Smoke from forest fires is full of many irritants:

  • Soot
  • Ash
  • Dirt
  • Soil dust
  • Pollen

Quick Tip: Keep your windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home

If you breathe in this smoke, you may:

  • Cough
  • Feel tightness in your chest
  • Have trouble breathing
  • Have sore and watery eyes
  • Have a runny nose

Quick Tip: Watch for symptoms if you are around wood or grass smoke or other sources of outdoor burning

What to avoid:

  • Stay away from outdoor burning whenever possible
  • If you are near a forest or grass fire, stay indoors and avoid breathing in smoke and ashes
  • Avoid clean-up activities in areas where dust or soot are present

Quick Tip: Talk to your doctor about changing your asthma medication if you have been exposed to forest fire smoke


  • Always carry your fast-acting rescue inhaler
  • Pay attention to local news and weather reports
  • Check your local AQHI and Smoke Forecast
If you have been exposed to smoke from the wildfires please contact ourFREE Asthma & Allergy HelpLine for personalized medical advice & tips from Certified Asthma Educators.
Dial 1-866-787-4050 toll free
In case of an emergency or an asthma attack please go to the ER or call 911 


What we’ve heard from you:

“When walking I take my time, watch where the wind is blowing from, do not wander too far without a moment’s stop to catch a breath,  and try to go indoors to a mall if I am in the area. I do stay indoors in the evening with the windows closed and keep a fan blowing the cool air (I will have a high electric bill for July)!”

“Breathing is a little more challenging than it has been with the smoke invading our air! I noticed a definite shift last night when the winds changed direction and my breathing got more difficult.”

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to get in touch. Wishing you health, safety and lots of rain!

Photo of Microscope

We are proud to announce the launch of a new National Research Program initiative to provide grants to young Canadian researchers involved in early-onset and late-onset asthma research. In partnership with AllerGen NCE Inc., in 2017, the Program will grant two awards to Masters level (MSc/MScN) student researchers; and two awards to PhD level student researchers. Applications are now open.

By investing in young Canadian researchers and supporting their promising research, we ensure continued efforts to search for a cure for asthma, while making real strides towards better treatment options for the three million Canadians living with asthma.

The National Research Program is an expansion of Asthma Canada’s Bastable-Potts and Enhorning Funds, which have awarded and recognized established Canadian investigators involved in asthma research since 2014. For the first time, funding will also include student researchers.

The Asthma Canada / AllerGen Goran Enhorning Graduate Student Research Awards support research for early-onset asthma, while the Asthma Canada / AllerGen Bastable-Potts Graduate Student Research Awards support investigations into late-onset asthma. Each partnered award includes one grant of $10,000 for a Masters of Science student researcher and one grant of $20,000 for a PhD student researcher.

Asthma Canada and AllerGen invite graduate student asthma researchers to respond to the Call for Proposals and Application.

For more information, contact:
Vanessa Foran, President & CEO
Asthma Canada
416-787-4050 |  info@asthma.ca

Asthma Canada new logo

We are thrilled to announce that as of this summer, the Asthma Society of Canada will formally be known as Asthma Canada. At a time when the prevalence of asthma is on the rise worldwide and in Canada, we want to ensure that we continue to be a voice for all children and adults who are affected by asthma in Canada, including families, caregivers and other support networks.
Since the founding of the Asthma Society of Canada in 1973, we have undergone significant developments as an organization. We felt it was time to realign our identity to better reflect our priorities. We want to ensure that our reach is inclusive of the whole spectrum of those affected by asthma. Our new name, Asthma Canada reflects an organizational move away from a narrow focus on those living with asthma to a more inclusive focus on all Canadians impacted by asthma. We represent not just 11 year old  Matthew who suffers from asthma, but also his parents, sister, grandparents, friends, teachers and physicians.
Thinking through our name change gave us an opportunity to re-evaluate what is important to us as an organization and refocus our attention on three key priority areas:
  • Providing education and support through essential programs and evidence-based resources
  • Working collaboratively with partners to save and improve lives through research
  • Speaking up on behalf of our community through advocacy efforts

Along with the name change, we will be launching our new website this summer. Alongside a fresh look, easy navigation and great information, the website will also feature a new members-only section for Asthma Canada Member Alliance (ACMA) members. For those who are not yet ACMA members, we strongly encourage you to register here so you can take advantage of the Community Forum, an interactive Asthma Action Plan and Symptom Tracker.

The upcoming launch of the new website and our new name is an exciting moment for us.  Drop us a line and let us know what you think of our new name, Asthma Canada!


Woman looking over a lake

Our long-awaited Canadian summer is upon us and everyone is ready to head outside! Summertime brings with it the time-honoured tradition of packing up our bags and heading out into the great Canadian outdoors. For those of us with asthma, a few precautions can ensure a safe and fun-filled trip – give or take a few mosquito bites.

Here’s a camping check-list for asthma and allergy sufferers:

  • Meet with your physician or allergist to ensure you have all the medication you might need. Pack your first-aid kit. Organize your medicines so they are easy to find, in zip-lock bags. Bring a dry-bag pouch so you can carry your inhaler around your neck. Don’t forget to take some extra doses of anti-histamines. If you require a nebulizer, make sure you have access to an electric outlet or have a car adapter.
  • Make an emergency plan with your travel companions to ensure they know what to do in case of an attack. Map out the fastest route to the nearest hospital.
  • Check the weather, pollen count and AQHI forecast.
  • Air out your sleeping bag and tent ahead of time and clean out any dust or mould in your tent.
  • Pack a scarf and toque in case it’s chilly.
  • Be mindful of where you pitch your tent.
  • Don’t sit too close to the campfire because smoke can be a major irritant. Move away if the wind blows smoke your way.
  • Take a shower and change your clothes before bed each night to remove pollen and smoke.
    And last but not least: Stay safe and have fun!

People around a campfire

They say parents pack up their troubles and send them off to camp! But, for parents of kids with asthma, sending children off to summer camp can be extremely stressful. However, with proper research and precautions, the experience can be safe and rewarding.
Here are some safety measures you can take:

  • Find the right camp – something both you and your child feel comfortable with.
  • Visit your physician or allergist beforehand to ensure your child has all required medication needed for the duration of her/his stay. Don’t forget to check the expiration dates!
  • Fill out an Asthma Action Plan with your physician so you can share it with camp officials.
  • Speak to the camp officials about your child’s health concerns and outline your expectations. Here are some questions you can ask them:
  1. Can your children carry their inhalers on their person or do they have to be stored with camp officials?
  2. Do they know how to administer an inhaler and other medications like Epi-pens?
  3. Do they know what to do in an emergency? Do they know when to call 911?
  4. Is there a nurse on staff at all times?
  5. How far is the nearest hospital?
  6. Do they have experience with children with asthma and allergies?

Asking the right questions and taking these precautions will ensure your child’s safety – and your peace of mind while they are away.

Ian Fish on Mountain top

Setting goals to achieve your dreams can be daunting.  But when you achieve a life-long dream through hard-work and determination, the sky is the limit, literally!

Ian Fish has struggled with asthma since he was 5. Some of his oldest memories involve him lying inside oxygen tents with doctors in attendance. Over the years, his asthma has evolved into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), resulting from years of unmanaged asthma and scarring of his lung tissue.

Both because of, and as a reaction to, his reduced lung function, Ian decided to change his lifestyle, and climbing a mountain was the goal.  It took years, but his grit and belief in himself have carried him through.  Now, on his fourth climb, he does not see an end in sight.

On Sept. 4th – 14th, Ian and a team of friends will be scaling three Alberta peaks, Mt. Edith Cavell, Mt. Charlton and Mt. Unwin and carrying the message that for everyone, including all people with asthma, the sky is the limit!  Asthma and lung disease can be managed to support living a healthy lifestyle.

This will be his fourth charity climb since 2012 and his first one in support of Asthma Canada.

Great things are done when men and mountains meet, according to William Blake.

Ian Fish would agree.

To support Team Asthma and Ian’s fundraising efforts, please click here.

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