About 5% of Ontarians, more than 568,000 people over the age of 12, suffer from ES/MCS (environmental sensitivities/multiple chemical sensitivity), ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) and FM (fibromyalgia). These already large numbers, which represent only those who have been diagnosed with these conditions, are on the rise.
An unknown but significant number of children are also affected.
Though medical research is providing ever-greater insight, at present Ontario lags significantly behind several jurisdictions in its capacity to help people living with these often painful and debilitating conditions. Our major community consultation found only a ‘void in care with a few tiny islands of support.’
This site – a six-year initiative by a collaborative of many people – is dedicated to raising awareness about these conditions and advocating for the creation of a leading edge, patient-centred health care delivery system for people with these chronic, complex environmentally-associated conditions. This system has been provisionally named the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH).
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“We recognize that it is time to bring issues related to the environment and health out of the shadows, and to shine a light on the experiences of people living with environmental health conditions in our system. Our government is committed to raising the bar on environmental health.” – MPP John Fraser on behalf of Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, November 5, 2014