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Support Programs and Groups

Lung Health Support Groups in Ontario

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, or asthma?

Have you ever wanted to share your own experiences, accomplishments and frustrations in dealing with this disease? A support group can offer you a place to share your thoughts with others, as well as support and empathy only people affected by lung disease can understand. This camaraderie helps you realize that you are not alone in this journey.

At The Lung Association we understand lung disease. We know that lung disease that can affect many parts of your life. Many people are faced with the emotional and physical challenges of daily living with lung disease.

Starting Your Own Lung Health Support Group

The Lung Association- Ontario has created the booklet to help guide you in organizing a support group for people with lung disease and their family and friends. The purpose of this booklet, entitled How to Start a Lung Health Support Group, is to help bring support to those who live with lung related diseases. The booklet discusses several key areas to consider when starting a support group such as: choosing a location, logistics, group structure, promotion of the support group in a community and topics that might be of interest to group members. Our team of Lung Health Ambassadors from across Ontario has played a major role in creating this booklet.

A limited number of printed copies are available, as well as a downloadable resource.

You can also learn more about starting a lung health support group and order the booklet over the phone 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)

List of Support Groups in Ontario (as of December 2018)

Please make sure to call the group contact prior to attending for schedule and location information. You can also call The Lung Association – Ontario Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or visit www.lung.ca/lung-health/get-help to find a support group or a pulmonary rehabilitation program or exercise maintenance program in your community.

COPD Wellness Group
The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre – 50+ Centre
265 Cannifton Rd
Belleville, ON
Adam Hambly


COPD Support Group Cambridge
Fairview Mennonite Home
515 Langs Drive, Cambridge ON N3H 5E4

Better Breathers of Wellington County
John McRay Canadian Legion 57
57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph ON N1L 1E3

IPF Lung Health Support Group
Fortino’s Community Room
1579 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON L8S 1E6
Contact: Stephen Binch, stephen@cpff.ca
Group meets second Tuesday of each month. 7:00pm to 8:30pm (Refreshments will be served)

Lung Health Support Group
Les Chater Family YMCA
356 Rymal Road E., Hamilton Mountain
Community Room “A”
Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Contact Barbara Moore at (289) 440-5899 or catchyourbreath60@gmail.com

BreathWorks Support Group
The Lung Association – Ontario
London ON

Chronic Respiratory Support Group
Cornell Community Center Boardroom, 2nd floor (by walking track)
3201 Bur Oak Ave. Markham ON L6B 0T2
905-472-7614 / 905-209-0201

Dixie Bloor COPD Support Group
Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Center, Westminster United Church
4094 Tomken Road, Mississauga ON L4W 1J5
905-276-6392 ext. 226

COPD Support Group
Newmarket Community Center
200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket ON L3Y 3Y9

IPF Support Group – Niagara Region
Niagara-On-The-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Meeting details: The 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:00am (Mori Room)
Contact information: Terry Hardy, (905)346- 3313, twhardy@cogeco.ca

Respiratory Support Group
Centre for Pulmonary Rehab
391 Main St. East, North Bay ON P1B 1B3

The Breathe Easy and Supporters
Six Nations Health Services
1745 Chiefswood Road Ohsweken (near Brantford) ON N01 1M0
226-387-0084 / 519-445-4779 ext. 2297

BreathWorks Support Group
Paterson Presbyterian Church
120 Russell St. South, Sarnia ON N7T 3L1

Niagara Community COPD Support Group
Heatherwood Residence
115 Scott St., St. Catharines ON L2N 0A1
905-383-1616 (OLA office)

The Lung Disease Support Group
Unit 2 – 1720 Paris St. Sudbury ON P3E 3C2

Every Breath Counts
St. Joseph Care Group
Meetings held at different libraries in Thunder Bay ON P7B 5G7
807-767-2494 / 807-343-2412

Breathe Easy Support Team (BEST)
Real Canadian Superstore, Ground floor
825 Don Mills Road, Toronto ON M3C 1V4
1-888-344-LUNG (5864) ext. 290 for Jody

Respiratory After Program Support (RAPS)
West Park Health Care Center
82 Buttonwood Ave. Toronto ON M6M 2J5

BreathWorks Support Group
Abilities Center Boardroom, 2nd floor
55 Gordon St. Whitby ON L1N 0J2
905-665-8500 ext. 114

Windsor BreathWorks Support Group
Lifetimes on Riverside Retirement Home
3387 Riverside Drive East, Windsor ON N8Y 1N8

COPD Wellness Group
The Quinte West YMCA
50 Monogram PL
Trenton, ON
Adam Hambly