People living with Crohn’s or colitis are high in Canada
Dec. 13, 2018
Global Korean Post
Canada has some of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the 2 main forms of inflammatory bowel disease, in the world.
There are 270,000 Canadians living with this disease, and that number is expected to rise to 400,000 by 2030.
Crohn’s and colitis are chronic autoimmune diseases that cause the body to attack healthy tissue, leading to the inflammation of all or part of the gastrointestinal tract.
For people living with Crohn’s or colitis, the frequent and urgent need to use a washroom can impact one’s ability to work, go to school, and otherwise participate in the community, which can lead to social isolation.
In support of its efforts on accessibility and inclusivity for all, the government is taking steps to make its properties with accessible washrooms easy to locate through the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada GoHere program.
To start, the government has registered 20 of its Crown-owned properties in the National Capital Region and 3 in the Greater Toronto Area with the GoHere Washroom Locator app.
This app helps people locate the closest publicly available washroom anywhere in Canada.
Over the next year, the government will explore ways to expand its participation in GoHere by registering additional suitable locations across the country, considering policy solutions, and working with current and future landlords to support increased washroom access.