Our purpose

The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a national, non-profit, patient association formed in April 2006 to support and to advocate for those suffering from ankylosing spondylitispsoriatic arthritis and related spondyloarthritis diseases including:

  • Undifferentiated spondyloarthritis
  • Enteropathic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Juvenile onset arthritis
Our mission

Our mission is to be the leader in Canada providing support, education and advocacy for the spondyloarthritis patient community.

Our vision

To be a constantly improving volunteer association as measured by our organizational purposes and our support of our community partners

Our objectives

• To promote the growth of CSA membership in Canada
• To be a voice for advocacy for spondylitis patients across Canada nationally or provincially as required.
• To provide a national resource centre for information relevant to the spondylitis community.
• To provide a national forum for partnership between the medical and patient communities to further research into the causes and management of spondylitis.
• To facilitate a pool of willing volunteer patients who may make themselves available for professional training programs such as medical student undergraduate teaching, post-graduate training programs.
• To participate in the international spondylitis community.
• To promote public awareness of spondylitis through the media, public forums and other means.

Our priorities

The priorities of the Canadian Spondylitis Association include a focus on membership expansion, community partnership with likeminded organizations, ongoing education and encouragement of equal and equitable access to treatment options.

• Increasing Membership
Increasing membership of the Canadian Spondylitis Association. If our association speaks for more people, the more our voice will be heard.

• Partnership
Partnership with other organizations to be a larger collective voice for arthritis consumers. The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a member of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada and the Ankylosing Spondylitis International Federation. It also works with the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance and is partners with The Arthritis Society.

• Patient Input
Ensuring the Canadian Spondylitis Association submits patient inputs to the Common Drug Review in respect of new drugs that may be beneficial to those living with spondyloarthritis.

• Equal and Equitable Access
Maintaining vigilance over government health policies that impact those living with spondyloarthritis to ensure equal and equitable access for all patients to treatment options.

Leadership

The CSA board of directors is drawn from people across Canada. The provincial chapters are lead by the director representing that province.
The Canadian Spondylitis Association is run by volunteers with spondyloarthritis, as well as an executive director.