What is Cystic Fibrosis?

  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians.  
  • It is estimated that 1 in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF.  
  • Cystic fibrosis primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems.  
  • In 1960 the life expectancy of a child born with CF was just 4 years. Today, due to research supported by Cystic Fibrosis Canada and through the generosity of individuals and corporations, median life expectancy has increased to 51.8 years.
  • Despite incredible achievements in CF research and care, there is no cure for this disease.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada is the only charity focused on funding cystic fibrosis research in Canada. We are a national, non-profit, voluntary health agency with volunteers in 50 chapters across the country. We are committed to bringing together CF families, donors, volunteers, caregivers and researchers under one common goal: to END CF.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a global leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). We invest more in life-saving research and clinical care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada.


Cystic Fibrosis Canada is proud to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. These researchers are committed to discovering new therapies and interventions that are improving the health and well-being of patients with CF.

Clinical Care

Cystic Fibrosis Canada supports high quality care for people with cystic fibrosis at 42 clinics across the country. Specialized care includes testing lung function and capacity, monitoring weight and diets, and prescribing medication.


Cystic Fibrosis Canada is raising the voice and enhancing the quality of life for Canadians with cystic fibrosis by supporting advocacy initiatives for universal newborn screening and access to life-changing medication.

Without your support, these inspiring advancements would not be possible. Thank you for believing in Cystic Fibrosis Canada!

To learn more about the fight against cystic fibrosis, and how you can help, visit the Western Canada website or call the Regional CF Office at 604 436 1158