The Canadian Network for Respiratory Care (CNRC) is a non-profit organization and registered charity. Through its certified educators and member organizations, CNRC works to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with respiratory diseases and tobacco use disorder, by developing, promoting and advocating for the highest standards of education in health promotion and care.


Respiratory disease affects 1 in 5 Canadians.

Certified Asthma and Respiratory Educators can help.


Canada has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world with an estimated three million Canadians living with asthma. Most Canadians with asthma do not have their asthma under control. Several Canadian studies have shown that proper patient education results in fewer symptoms, fewer trips to the emergency room and even a reduced number of asthma deaths.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is on the rise globally and is NOW the third leading cause of death worldwide. More Canadian women will lose their lives to COPD than breast cancer. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the only chronic disease with increasing mortality rates. There is, however, a serious lack of awareness amongst the public and healthcare professionals.

To be effective,

education must

be supported

by a physician

and provided by

trained educators

CNRC – A diverse group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals


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