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What we do: current advocacy initiatives

Our key focus is on continuing to make a real impact and improve the daily quality of life for Canadians with food allergy.

Beatrice on a panel discussion with Restaurants Canada.

Our key focus is on continuing to make a real impact and improve the daily quality of life for the food allergy community. Check out a few of our current advocacy initiatives below.

Advocacy for access to epinephrine

Child holding a anaphylaxis Auto injector with one also in small pouch. Carry case is being worn by a child.

We are invested in our advocacy efforts to ensure you always have access to epinephrine. We are advocating with Health Canada and other key stakeholders, helping to encourage other suppliers to enter this space, educating and informing you and others on how to access these devices, and engaging with allergists and other healthcare professionals.

Check out our recent advocacy initiatives which helped bring a second supplier for epinephrine auto-injectors to Canada in May 2020. Read our statement, along with kaléo’s statement.

National Food Allergy Action Plan

Parliament Hill

We are committed to advocating towards making food allergy a health priority in Canada. On May 28, 2019, we, along with the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) presented our National Food Allergy Action Plan at Parliament Hill as a part of our advocacy day with government.

Our action plan is intended to set the framework to guide future actions for improving the quality of life for Canadians with food allergy and reducing the impact of this medical condition. Specifically, it focuses on greater support in the areas of prevention, management, treatment, and broad-based community support of food allergy.

Visit our advocacy in action page to find out how you can get involved!

Increasing allergy awareness on campus

Young adults in school, sitting on a bench with their laptops and other devices

We are committed to ensuring as many post-secondary campuses as possible across the country are allergy-aware and can better support their students with food allergies – allergy-aware campuses can help youth transition to post-secondary school more confidently and help them to develop their self-management skills.

Visit our post-secondary page which includes resources for educators and families, such as our post-secondary guide.

Foodservice advocacy

Head chef posing with the team behind him in a profesional kitchen

Our foodservice advocacy is aimed at ensuring you can eat out safely by having access to the information you need to make an informed dining choice. This includes working with key stakeholder groups to help create change in the foodservice sector, creation of voluntary guidelines on food allergen management, and other resources and tools.

Visit our foodservice page to learn more about training available for foodservice.

Addressing food allergen labelling gaps

Man doing grocery shopping at the supermarket and reading a food label on a box.

We’re committed to helping to close the current gaps for food allergy labelling in Canada. Specifically, addressing pre-cautionary allergen labelling (“may contain”) and “free-from” claims are our key priorities. We are working with both government and industry to advocate for greater guidance for the food industry on the use on these voluntary statements and on using a risk-based assessment and management approach.

Our advocacy also extends to allergen labelling on self-care products and on standardized beer. In both cases, we were actively involved in the Health Canada consultations and many of you also spoke up to have your say.

Healthcare professional outreach

Jennifer Gerdts, our Executive Director, on a panel discussion.

Many of you may only have an opportunity to see your allergist once a year. For those who are newly diagnosed, they may have to wait months up to years before seeing an allergist. This means, ensuring other healthcare professionals are educated about food allergies and how to support your needs is crucial.

We are focused on our outreach efforts with healthcare professionals (like Emergency Department physicians and nurses, Pediatricians, and Family Physicians) to ensure all Canadians with food allergies receive the support they need to live confidently with this medical condition.

Check out our current healthcare professional section to see our current resources.

Keeping you educated and informed

Family sitting on sofa in open plan lounge using laptop

We are committed to providing educational programming to support families, including informative webinars, digital resources (like information sheets and guidebooks), and other tools to ensure you and all families can live confidently with this condition.

Visit our newly diagnosed page and our parents and caregivers page. There’s also a section for teens and young adults, adults with allergies, and managing in different environments.

Educating youth

Teenage classmates standing in high school hallway

Our focus on our youth educational programming is on empowering kids and teens so they can learn to confidently self-manage. We are also investing energy on increasing awareness and empathy among the kids not impacted by food allergies to help combat bullying and to ultimately improve the quality of life for kids with food allergies.

Check out our teens and young adults section.

Small but mighty

Food Allergy Canada team smiling at the camera

The entire staff of Food Allergy Canada could fit around a boardroom table. Actually, make that one end of a boardroom table! But that doesn’t stop us from taking on the big issues.

Managing severe allergies is a shared responsibility, and we rely on partners like you to help us make a difference.

Join us and make an impact. There are many ways you can make a significant impact, for example, your $25 donation can help further our advocacy around ensuring everyone has access to life-saving medication. For $50, you can become a champion of our online mentorship programs that educate kids and builds their confidence.