Canadian Pain Care Forum - Patient Groups

The Canadian Pain Care Forum is made up of diverse groups, representing researchers, industry, clinicians, policy makers and people with lived experience. 

Below is a listing of current members that either represent or provide significant resources for people with lived experience.


Action CIND

Action CIND is a registered charity and non-profit organization with a vision to advance the recognition, empathy, treatment and support services for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) by raising awareness, advancing research, developing education, providing information and support services and collaborating with other organizations in Canada and internationally. Action CIND is focused on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Environmental Sensitivities (MCS/ES). These illnesses impact over 2 million Canadians. Learn more here


L’Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) seeks to improve the condition of people who are living with chronic pain in Quebec and reduce their isolation. The organization's goal is to ensure that pain is targeted as a priority in our health system and to create various informational tools to help facilitate and disseminate new knowledge in the field of chronic pain. AQDC brings people living with chronic pain, across Quebec, together to raise awareness for chronic pain, while educating about the harmful consequences it can have on those living with it, as well as their loved ones and society. Learn more here.

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The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) is a national, volunteer patient organization that seeks to educate and empower people living with arthritis so they can continue to positively contribute to society and improve their health care experiences. Their mission is to improve access to medications, health care professionals and services; increase patient involvement in arthritis research and policy agendas; and to understand and influence research and treatments. Learn more here


The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA) is a national network of injured workers groups that aims to support and strengthen the work of local, provincial, and territorial injured workers organizations. We exist to support injured workers and improve the Occupational Health and Safety of workers across Canada. Learn more here

Help Alberta's Pain

Help Alberta's Pain is a chronic pain patient advocacy, support and education group that is fighting for the better treatment of chronic pain while offering support for patients, families and doctors that are impacted by it. HELP_AB is a patient driven support, education and advocacy group that offers a unique program for patients with chronic pain. Learn more here

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The ILC Foundation (TheILC) programs support Canadians going through the diagnosis and management of hereditary Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, and related connective tissue disorders, including chronic pain. Programs help individuals overcome the challenges through knowledge-sharing resources, awareness, education, wellness support and research to find cures. Learn more here


The Niagara Chronic Pain Support Group is a support group for people living with chronic pain. Participants learn about new treatments and medications, common issues and coping strategies. It serves those living in the Niagara region and meets the first Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.


Pain BC is a registered charity comprised of people in pain, health care providers, researchers and other supporters. Founded in 2008, their mission is to improve the lives of people in pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation. Partnerships are the cornerstone of our work; they catalyze strategic alliances with other non-profits, governments, health authorities, patient groups, research institutions and the business sector in order to advance their mission. Learn more here

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People in Pain Network (PIPN) is a non-profit society that puts 100% of their focus on pain self-management education and support. Our peer led Pain Self-Management Education Support (PSMES) groups offer free, ongoing monthly meetings , in-person and virtually, where people living with pain, their families and support people can learn and practice pain self-management skills with the support of others who understand. Learn more here

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