Who is Affected by IBD?

Over 35,000 people in Alberta have CD or UC – about 1 person in 125. About 1,600 new cases occur in Alberta every year. 

By 2035, it is estimated that 470,000 Canadians will be living with IBD. That would be 1 in every 100 Canadians!

These illnesses can occur at any age, but most frequently start in people aged between 10 and 40. Recent surveys suggest that IBD is becoming increasingly common, especially among young people. Both conditions are found worldwide, but are more common in developed countries.

Each year, the government of Alberta publishes data related to the prevalence (how many total cases) and incidence (how many new cases) of IBD in Alberta. You can view this data here. Simply select Inflammatory Bowel Disease from the drop down menu. 

Crohn's and Colitis Canada also published an Impact Report every few years. The report details the impact of IBD in Canada. To view a summary or to read the entire report click here.

Video: Childhood onset IBD