Welcome to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) was created to promote a more complete and comprehensive understanding of Lyme disease and related illnesses through research, education and advocacy to help reduce misdiagnosis and improve treatments for Lyme disease.

Get help for Lyme

Recognizing symptoms and learning how to talk to your doctor are the first steps towards treatment.

Learn more about Lyme

Understanding Lyme disease is the best way to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

Get the facts

Get the facts on ticks and tick-borne diseases. There are many myths! 

Recent dispatches

Clinician education grants available at CanLyme

ByCanLyme TeamMay 24, 20242 min read

When it comes to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections, earlier diagnosis and treatment result in better patient outcomes.…

Why Canadian public healthcare fails Lyme patients and why they seek treatment elsewhere

ByCanLyme TeamMay 7, 20244 min read

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. For the past two decades, CanLyme has…

CanLyme welcomes Dr. Vett Lloyd

ByCanLyme TeamMay 7, 20241 min read

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation is excited to welcome Dr. Vett Lloyd to the CanLyme board. Dr. Lloyd is…

CanLyme: 20 years of Canadian advocacy

ByCanLyme TeamMay 2, 20243 min read

This year marks an important milestone for the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation – 20 years of Lyme disease advocacy.…

Where there are ticks, there’s often Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by an infection that is most often transmitted by ticks, but it can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy.

Ticks can attach to your body without being seen or felt, and diagnosis can be difficult due to symptom presentation, testing protocols and other challenges. 

Learn to protect yourself

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CanLyme is a registered Canadian charity. We rely on the financial support of donors. You can help save lives.

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Tick removal kits

We are a volunteer driven, registered charity. All proceeds go to education, prevention, awareness, research, and support.
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Prevention tips

Regular tick checks are a way to check your body for crawling or embedded ticks. Check everywhere including these hotspots.
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Your donation helps us to fund research and education for health care providers, advance prevention and awareness of Lyme disease – and more.
Illustrations in four panels of how to remove a tick by using tweezers and grabbing way low down near where it's embedded on the skin and pulling straight up, and then washing the skin around where it was embedded.

Tick removal

If you’ve discovered an embedded tick on yourself or someone else there are a few important things to remember.
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Lyme basics

Although it is most commonly associated with a tick bite, many people who have Lyme disease do not recall seeing or feeling a tick bite.
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Prevention

By taking the right precautions and spreading the word, you can effectively protect yourself, and your family, from Lyme.

More news

Lyme disease and POTS

ByRobert G. MurrayApr 30, 20243 min read

Lyme disease is under-diagnosed and often under-treated. A multidisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published a…

Canadian researchers discover tick repelling chemicals secreted by ants

ByCatherine KinsellaApr 16, 20241 min read

Researchers from Simon Fraser University have discovered a combination of chemicals secreted by ants that were found to repel…

Protein found in human sweat inhibits growth of Lyme bacteria

ByCanLyme TeamMar 22, 20241 min read

International researchers looked at biobank samples from 617,731 patients and discovered that patients with Lyme disease were more likely…

New research looks into long Covid and chronic Lyme disease

ByCatherine KinsellaMar 1, 20242 min read

Researchers at MIT are thinking outside the box with a new long Covid, chronic Lyme disease study. Dr. Mikki…

Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme carditis

ByCanLyme TeamFeb 15, 20241 min read

Understanding the risks, manifestations and clinical management of Lyme carditis can save lives and prevent invasive medical and surgical…

Research priorities of patients with Lyme disease in pregnancy

ByCatherine KinsellaFeb 13, 20243 min read

This recent Canadian study articulates many of the concerns that Lyme patients have, including the concern that mothers have…

Vision loss and Lyme neuroborreliosis

ByCatherine KinsellaFeb 7, 20243 min read

This case presentation highlights the importance of considering Lyme disease as a possible cause of vision loss and other…

Persistence of Lyme patients and the role of patient organizations

ByCanLyme TeamJan 23, 20245 min read

What happens when growing numbers of patients are unable to receive a diagnosis and adequate treatment for Lyme disease?…

Combination antibiotic therapy for treatment of Lyme disease

ByCatherine KinsellaJan 19, 20241 min read

Dr. Monica Embers, Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research at Tulane University, discusses the difference between antibiotic tolerance and resistance…