Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease has become a growing health crisis in Canada. Unfortunately, the disease is difficult to diagnose in this country, with more education, proper screening and funding desperately needed to ensure that people do not have to suffer unnecessarily with a misdiagnosis. When left undetected, the damage can be irreversible and potentially life-threatening.

Since 2016, FWIO has expressed concern regarding the lack of action being taken on the control and treatment of Lyme Disease. Together with the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada, FWIO has urged the Government of Canada to form a coalition to institute a Federal framework in which to create comprehensive measures dealing with the diagnosis and the significant health issues caused by Lyme Disease.

In the meantime, WI Members across Ontario have been supporting Lyme Disease research and education through donations to the G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab at the University of Guelph, and hosting ROSE Sessions (educational programs) for their communities.

If you are looking for additional resources on Lyme Disease, please use the links below:

FWIO Letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Regarding Lyme Disease - March 2019 (PDF)