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About CAI

The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) is a network of Canadian families, who are working with Members of Parliament to raise awareness in Ottawa regarding severe, life-threatening allergies (Anaphylaxis).

Anaphylaxis (anna-fill-axis)

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that may cause death. Reactions can have a rapid onset and
are usually triggered by:

  Insect Stings

Most food reactions are caused by: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans, milk, egg, soy, sesame seeds, mustard, wheat and sulphites.

These volunteers are active in their local community anaphylaxis support associations (such as Niagara Anaphylaxis Support and Knowledge and Mississauga Anaphylaxis Group). The CAI’s core planning group maintains this website, produces media materials and coordinates the dialogue among families across the country and with MPs in Ottawa.

The families involved in CAI wish to see action on anaphylaxis issues at the federal level. We believe there are a few ways to achieve our results:

  1. Raise awareness with MPs and the Parliament Hill community (our law makers);
  2. Support MPs with their dealings within bureaucracy (our policy makers); and,
  3. Respond to current affairs re anaphylaxis (to impact Ottawa’s decision making process).

The CAI works independently from the government relations efforts of other national, membership-based associations, yet shares information and collaborates where we are invited.

For more information on the CAI, send your queries to or refer to Contact CAI.