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#FURthertogether Ontario election challenge

With Ontario’s 2022 election campaign now underway, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is continuing to fight for access to life changing medicines in the province by launching the #FurtherTogether Ontario Election Challenge. Our goal is for Ontario cystic fibrosis community members to engage with as many candidates as possible during the province’s election period, from May 4 to June 2 (Election Day).  We are calling on candidates in all ridings, from all parties to commit to publicly fund CF modulators without restrictions for all who need them, including Trikafta for those aged 6 years of age and older. Trikafta was approved for those 12 years of age and older in June 2021 and was recently approved by Health Canada in April 2022 for 6-11 year olds.

However, Ontario has implemented a restrictive lung function requirement that, if strictly enforced, could leave over 30% of eligible Canadians aged 12 years of age or older without access to Trikafta. If this lung function requirement is applied to 6-11 year olds, at least 70% of these children could be left without this life changing treatment.

Thank you to the volunteers in our National Advocacy Network and the CF community for once again, fighting for longer and healthier lives for all Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.

Your help is needed now!

We need Ontarians to advocate for accelerated and affordable access to life-changing CF drugs now. Anyone can participate in and be a part of this important and urgent movement.

Throughout the duration of this challenge, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is providing tools, templates, resources and support to equip cystic fibrosis community members to speak with their local election candidates and to spread our message: let’s go #FurtherTogether.

How do you take part in the challenge? It’s simple you can do a number of things with your local election candidates! For example, you can meet with candidates, or members of their team, at their campaign office or virtually. It is important to keep in mind that candidates have very little time and a lot of ground to cover in an election campaign, so if they say no to a meeting, it is likely because they are stretched.

Have no worries: there are many other ways to engage candidates, such as having a conversation at your door when they come knocking or when they call you for support. You can also raise our access issues with candidates at a local or virtual event (townhall, debate, campaign announcement, etc.).

When you speak with candidates, share your story and use the tools Cystic Fibrosis Canada has provided here to tell candidates about the challenges Ontarians with cystic fibrosis face when trying to access modulators, and to ask them to make a commitment to improve access to modulators in the province.

To find the candidates running in your riding, visit the candidate search page on Elections Ontario’s website.

Engaging with candidates is a powerful way to educate prospective government decision makers on key issues and create a long-term champions who can help influence change. If you’ve never spoken with election candidates before, we can help.

Please contact advocacy@cysticfibrosis.ca to find out more.

How to get involved

Download the documents below. They have all the information you need to arrange and hold a meeting with your MPP.

**Candidate materials coming soon**

Toolkit for advocates

Briefing kit for elected officials

WEBINARS: HOW TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL FOR ACCESS TO CF MEDICINES

We hosted a webinar on March 1, 2022, that provided an update on the political climate in Ontario, and an overview of the pre-election toolkit and resources that you can use to meet with your ahead of the formal election period.    

In this webinar, CF community advocates and Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s government relations experts from Hill + Knowlton Strategies talked about how to get started, best practices in building rapport and how a simple meeting can trigger many more helpful conversations and support

You can also watch these two webinars, which provide tips on how to share your personal story and engage with elected officials:

Personal Story Telling

Engaging with elected officials

After engaging with candidates

When you’ve engaged with your candidate(s), be sure to report back using our simple online form. Make sure your good work is counted as we track progress towards our goal of engaging with as many candidates possible!!

Thank you for taking an important step to help change the cystic fibrosis story in Ontario! With your help, we are calling on government to cut the red tape preventing Ontarians with cystic fibrosis from getting the life-changing drugs they need. We won’t stop until it’s done. #CFcantwait

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GO FURTHER?

Want to go further? Visit our #FurtherTogether webpage where you can learn about other ways that you can take action during May Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and help make a difference for the cystic fibrosis community, which include:

You can also: