Celebrating 120 years of breathing passion and compassion in Canada

Help us blow up the balloons, blow out the candles and cheer at the top of our collective lungs.


This year we are celebrating 120 years. We were established in 1900 to combat the tuberculosis epidemic. Since then, we have put air back into countless lungs through research, policies and education. We have accomplished a lot along the way, but we know our job is far from over. We are continuing to fight for better policies in making medications more accessible; for ensuring tobacco and vaping policies take the power away from the industry and put lung health first; for ensuring air pollution gets the attention it deserves and providing support and information about COVID-19.

We continue to rely on our researchers, volunteers and supporters to continue to fight for everyone’s right to breathe with ease. We are here to celebrate those whose lungs allow them to laugh once again thanks to new treatments; to encourage those whose lungs make breathtaking moments all the more challenging to appreciate and to provide hope to future generations. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone with us and taking a deep breath alongside us in appreciation of every breath we can take.

How can you support us?

  • Download Eric Ethridge and Kalsey Kulyk’s Canadian Lung Association 120th anniversary tribute song Breathe Again now on your favourite music streaming platform

  • Make a donation through our website and add a congratulatory message for our wall of donors.

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120 Years of the Lung Association

A timeline of lung health, respiratory field and The Canadian Lung Association. Our century at a glance.

The Canadian Association for the Prevention of Consumption and other Forms of Tuberculosis is formed at the Rideau Hall.
Provincial associations join the national association in an effort to combat tuberculosis together.
First Christmas Seals are issued in Canada in Toronto and Hamilton. Over the years, this became a national fundraising event.
The name changes to the Canadian Association for the Prevention of TB.
The field of thoracic surgery was developed.
The name changes to the Canadian Tuberculosis Association.
The first national Christmas Seals campaign is launched in Canada.
Pulmonary damage by smoking is identified.
Moosejaw, SK becomes the first city in North America to offer chest x-rays.
The Canadian Tuberculosis Association officially endorses BCG vaccine as a tool to fight TB.
The Newfoundland Tuberculosis Association purchases a naval boat, the Christmas Seal, in order to provide screening services to remote communities in the rocky Newfoundland
The medical section of the Association is renamed The Canadian Thoracic Society.
The Research Grants and Fellowship program is established to fund research in any lung disease area.
The Canadian Tuberculosis Association changes its name to the Canadian Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association.
First successful trials of cyclosporine - anti-rejection drug used in lung transplants.
The name changes to the Canadian Lung Association.
First successful single lung transplant in the world at Toronto General Hospital.
Discovery of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis by a team at SickKids Hospital.
Smoking is banned on all commercial flights within Canada.
Launch of the RESPTREC suite of courses for those pursuing their CRE and CAE designations. It is one of the leading evidence-based professional education programs in the country and on the global stage.
Development of the first draft sequence of the SARS virus.
Ottawa researcher discovers drug combo that reduces hospital admissions for infants with bronchiolitis.
Advances in lung cancer treatment and personalized care.
Lung Associations across the country adopted the new BREATHE logo and refresh the brand of the Lung Association to focus on breathing.
The federal government makes tobacco control a priority announcing bold goal of 5% tobacco use by 2035.
The federal government announces proposed changes to vaping regulations to deal with impending vaping epidemic among Canadian youth.
The Canadian Lung Association joins forces with other like-minded organizations to provide support, education and information resources about COVID-19.

Anniversary Messages

and post your message.

Lung heath has never been more important than it is today. Congratulations to the Canadian Lung Association for it’s 120 year tenure and dedication to advocacy, awareness and research of lung health.

-- Nora Lacey

Happy Anniversary!

What an amazing history! So much important work has been done over the years through the dedicated efforts of countless lung professionals, researchers and volunteers. Let's use this occasion to celebrate the many advancements and salute those who have made them happen. It's encouraging to know that every dollar donated helps to move us even closer to healthy breathing for all. The goal could not be more worthwhile!

-- Deborah Harri

Lungs and breathing are critical. When you can't breathe, nothing else matters!

Congratulations to the Canadian Lung Association on celebrating 120 years. A major milestone for a health charity! I truly loved the new song, Breathe Again and encourage all to listen and download...with a few tissues on hand.

-- Andrea Power

Merci APC. Bonne Fete!!

-- Sarah Owens

Congratulations to the Canadian Lung Association on this significant milestone. Thanks for the great work you have done and will continue to do to support Canadians across the country who need to breathe.

-- Anne Boudreau

Way to go Canadian Lung Association!!! Thanks for making a difference for all of us from coast to coast who simply want to breathe. Keep up the great work!!

-- Benjamin Dean

Congrats CLA and thanks for all of the amazing work you do to help people breathe. Cheers to the next 120!!

-- Mary Lou Boudreau

Happy anniversary!

Congratulations on 120 years of success! Here's to many more.

Well done CLA! It's a privilege to have the chance to lead this wonderful organization into the next decades. Thanks to all of our researchers, volunteers and staff who allow us to carry out our mission.

-- Terry Dean


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