According to the Alberta Government, over 25,000 Albertans are living with IBD: 14,900 with CD and 10,900 with UC. Over 1,600 new cases are diagnosed in Alberta every year – 850 with CD and 770 with UC in 2013.

That is one of the highest per capita rates in the world.

The prevalence rate (number of people with IBD) in 2013 was 0.68%, equating to more than 1 in every 150 Albertans, which is comparable to the Canada prevalence rates.

The incidence rate (number of new cases per year) in Alberta was 40.9 per 100,000 in 2013.


Over the past two decades, the prevalence of IBD has climbed steadily, and Alberta is following the same pattern.

You can review IBD (and separately, Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis) prevalence and incidence rates for 2000 - 2013 using the corresponding sections on the left.