The Arthritis Society has invested more than $175 million in the innovative research efforts of Canada’s brightest investigators. This work has helped establish Canada as a global leader in arthritis research and led to critical breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatments and care of people with arthritis. Learn more
Living well while creating a future without arthritis
The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis
The Arthritis Society was founded in British Columbia in 1948 by Mary Pack. Over the past 60-plus years, The Arthritis Society has established itself as a leader in the fight against arthritis by helping people to live well while creating a future without arthritis. We are the only charitable organization in Canada uniquely dedicated to funding and promoting arthritis research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for the over 4.6 million Canadians affected by arthritis.
A 18-member national board is responsible for managing and controlling the activities of the Society. The voluntary board includes representatives from each division, as well as other members recruited from across Canada. National staff provide administrative support for the board and facilitate cross-country initiatives such as research, direct mail and corporate partnerships.
Each division operates within this structure, navigating with local operating procedures established by their respective board of directors. Divisions are responsible primarily for fundraising, promoting and/or providing patient or client care, delivering education programs and providing advocacy at the local level.