What we do
How is The Lung Association organized?
The Lung Association family is made up of a national office and 10 provincial offices.
The national office, located in Ottawa, supports the work of the provincial associations. In addition, the national office:
- Coordinates a national Christmas Seals campaign, our main source of revenue
- Supports national lung health programs like BreathWorks for those with COPD
- Delivers high-quality online lung health information
- Leads advocacy campaigns at the federal government level
- Manages a national research program
The provincial offices deliver lung health services and programs to citizens through their local offices. Provincial offices offer a variety of programs, such as:
- Presentations and teaching material on the health effects of smoking
- Free quit lines to help smokers kick the habit
- Support groups for people living with lung diseases
- Information about lung diseases, treatments, and how to cope
- Local fundraising activities
- Expertise and advocacy on provincial lung health issues
- Professional development and training for lung health professionals
How do I contact The Lung Association?
Contact the Lung Association National Office:
How do I apply for a research grant?
The Canadian Lung Association funds research and research training through its medical and allied health societies at the national level. Learn more about our National Research Program and current research funding opportunities
How do I volunteer for the Lung Association?
We rely on the passion, vision, and hard work of our volunteers to help us achieve our mission- to improve lung health. We need people with a variety of skills and experiences to fill a wide range of volunteer jobs. You're sure to find one that is right for you!
To find out more about volunteering, contact your provincial Lung Association office.
How do my donations help?
Thanks to your generous support The Lung Association has made great advances in the treatment and prevention of lung disease. We need your support to continue our fight and help the millions of Canadians who live with lung disease. The Lung Association takes its responsibility for donor dollars seriously and works to ensure every dollar is directed to priority areas that will have a real impact on the lung health of Canadians.
Your donations help to support:
- National lung health programs like BreathWorks, which offers advice and information for people with COPD
- World-class medical research to find cures and better treatments for people with lung disease
- High-quality information and educational materials for patients and their families
- Asthma Camps and programs for children with asthma
- Advocacy work - we use our influence to encourage governments to put lung health on the political agenda and pass policies that will help to better treat and prevent lung disease
What is the history of The Lung Association?
The Canadian Lung Association has a rich and proud history as one of Canada's first voluntary health organizations. First established in 1900 to control the spread of tuberculosis, The Lung Association began its work under the original name The Canadian Association for the Prevention of Consumption and other Forms of Tuberculosis.
Over the years, the Canadian Lung Association helped to achieve dramatic changes in the status of tuberculosis, and now a steady decline in TB has been realized. But as tuberculosis cases in Canada began to decline, other lung diseases, especially those linked to cigarette smoking, began to rise.
Recognizing the need to extend our efforts and programs to include the entire scope of respiratory disease, we expanded our work. Treatment and cures for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, including emphysema), lung cancer, asthma, and occupational lung diseases still need to be found.
Today, medical research continues to explore and find cures and better treatments for lung disease. Our public education programs teach people how to prevent and manage lung diseases.
The Lung Association strives to change the reality of lung disease in Canada, and the toll it takes on thousands of Canadians every year. Our primary work involves research, education and the promotion of healthy living. A major part of our mandate is smoking prevention and education, and to help smokers quit.
Lung Associations promote smoke-free workplaces, and actively support legislation to regulate and/or ban smoking in public areas. Lung Associations across Canada work with public health officials, hospitals, universities, community groups and other volunteer health agencies to protect the air we breathe.
Thanks to the generous support of Canadians like you, we have made great advancements in treatments for lung diseases like as lung cancer, asthma and COPD, but there is more work to be done. With your continued support, we can help all Canadians breathe easier.
The Lung Association depends greatly upon generous donations from the public. Each year since 1927, Christmas Seals have been the primary source of funding for the Association. It is through funds from the annual Christmas Seals Campaign, as well as other fund-raising activities throughout the year, that The Lung Association is able to provide awareness, information and patient support programs in every province to improve the respiratory health of Canadians.