History of CPAC

The Chronic Pain Association of Canada grew out of a need for change and support for people suffering from chronic pain. In the mid 1980’s, a small group of individuals met in a physician’s office, and after discovering that they were all there for the same reason, decided to meet together and support each other in their struggle to survive the nightmare of constant pain.


As the meetings progressed, it was decided that change must happen in the acceptance and the treatment of the very real pain that people had. Efforts were put forward on an ad hoc basis over the next few years. Because most of the people in the group suffered from pain, it was very hard to maintain a persistent and productive level of work. It was decided in 1993, that the Association should incorporate as a not for profit society and register with revenue Canada as an official charity. This was accomplished with the assistance of close family members. Efforts then increased in contacting various medical professionals, government departments and others who could help us reach our goals.


The work carried out by the Chronic Pain Association of Canada has been done primarily by volunteers, most of whom suffer with pain, with the help of one full-time executive director. Some of our initiatives and successes are listed below.



Lately, we have worked with the Canadian Pain society, who have developed and published an excellent Position Statement on Pain Relief. We have forwarded this paper to all the Medical Boards and Associations in Canada. We encouraged them to take it to their members and discuss adopting the principles in this statement. At this time we have heard favourable back from the British Columbia Medical Association, the Yukon Medical Association, the Medical Society of Nova Scotia and the College of Family Physicians. The following is the position statement on pain relief.


Position Statement on Pain Relief



While we are very proud of these initiatives and accomplishments, we know that there is still much work to be done. There is still the trend of dealing with chronic pain and its subsequent disability by denying its reality. We, as the Chronic Pain Association of Canada, will continue to work towards meeting our goals and ensuring that the condition of chronic pain does not remain in the dark, does not continue to destroy lives and that sufferers of chronic pain can find the help they need to live a decent life. Short changing people when they are the most vulnerable should not be the way pain is handled.