Area Resources (part of
This page lists some
useful contacts and resources for people living in the Calgary area
with allergies and asthma.
If you need financial help to get an EpiPen® and you
live in Calgary, you may be able to get help here. Priority
is given to financially limited, special needs children. Call 234-9396
for more information.
For a MedicAlert® bracelet/necklace subsidy,
go to www.medicalert.ca.
Child Health Benefit
Low income familes in
Alberta can receive a child tax benefit and supplemental benefits
through this plan. It includes funding for EpiPens.
For more information, call the numbers on the web site (if you can find them) or contact your local MLA (member of AB legislature) office for that info.
Find out who your MLA is.
The Society acts as a central information centre for family
support services in the Calgary Region. They can provide comprehensive,
up-to-date information on supports, programs, treatments and other
services for children 18 years old and under and their families.
The library is a wonderful source of books, videos and recipe books.
You can do a search of their books/videos, etc. by using the OPAC
system, which is available in each branch and in your own home if
you have a computer.
Also, the Alberta Children's Hospital has a medical library open to the public - a good place for specialized resources.
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) - Calgary office
Report cross-contamination or mislabelling to this office. For more
instructions, see our article titled "Reporting
a Food Reaction due to Mislabelling or Contamination."
Phone: 403 -299-7660
web page - Links
allergy/asthma chat group....
There is a new chatboard starting up for those in Alberta Canada
to share information about local resources and concerns. Give it
a try at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alberta-allergy
Hospital Asthma Program - Calgary
There is an asthma assessment and treatment program at ACH.
Call the main switchboard at 403- 955-7211 and ask for the Asthma Clinic. A doctor's referral is needed.They also have a library of materials which the public can access.
If your child's asthma is newly diagnosed, out of control or you
need information, check out the CHR's Child Asthma Network listing below. For teens/adults, see next listing.
Asthma Program (CAP)
CAP provides an educational facility for asthma in Calgary and southern
Alberta for older teenagers and adults with asthma. Anyone 16 years
of older with asthma must be referred by a physician. The Asthma
Clinic will not take over the care of patients but aims to assist
their family physician to achieve control of this chronic disease.
CAP also does educational presentations. Call them for more information.
Community Pediatric Asthma Service
Follow-up to children with asthma and their families in their physician's office.
* Community clinics in Calgary (ACH, UCMC North Hill & Sunridge, SCHC), Airdrie, Didsbury, Strathnmore, Okotoks/Black Diamond, High River, Claresholm/Nanton, Canmore, Siksika & Morely Reserves to accommodate out-of-office referrals for asthma education.
* Asthma education sessions/updates to health care professionals and the public by request.
Also: Calgary COPD & Asthma Specialty Outpatient Program - for adults
Emergency Medical Services Department
Calgary ambulance teams carry adrenaline kits and can legally administer
them. Not every jurisdiction does that so check out your local
department or, if you're travelling, the policies at your destination.
Don't assume that an emergency medical team can provide treatment
with adrenaline. Our EMS no longer keeps records of people with asthma and allergy ailments. Here's the info they need when you call:
Medical information to give to
Celiac Association - Calgary
Very helpful for those with wheat/grain allergy in need of recipes
Cottage Community Respite program
offers temporary care for parents in need. The Community Respite
program offers a range of respite and crisis child care options
and in-home support to families with children aged newborn to age 12. It's available
when the parents are experiencing personal and/or family stress
and have no other support available.
They are also looking for interested day home providers and community
individuals to open their homes to these children on a short-term
basis. Providers determine their own availability, ages of children
and special considerations they will handle.
People in Calgary with experience handling asthma and allergies,
especially severe food allergies, can be helpful to these families. We have unique knowledge and experience. Contact them if you are interested.
This web site is the creation of Wendy Busse, a registered dietitian
here in Alberta. A
variety of articles and resources. Wendy is also available for speaking engagements.
There are lots of vendors selling these things. We don't endorse
specific firms or products but here are a few for your information.
bo bébé Children's store
The owners of the Shawnessy store ) near Macleod Trail/162nd St SE carry a full line of KozyEpi Epipen® carriers and asthma medication puffers as well as the usual store inventory. Note: THIS STORE ONLY due to a personal owner interest.
#208 70 Shawville Blvd S.E (beside Safeway),
Calgary Co-op Pharmacy
Some of the pharmacy locations carry the Protectube Epipen® carrier - an excellent way to protect and keep your adrenaline carrier clean. You can park a truck on it and not break it. Phone for individual pharmacy participation.
The Laundry Store
Located in Deerfoot Meadows shopping area (Deerfoot Trail and Heritage
Drive SW), they sell evoVantage Laundry Detergent, which has
an oxygenated cleaning agent in a perfume and dye-free (sensitive)
formula. Front loader washer compatible. Low Sudsing.
Centre Pharmacy and Skin Care Supplies Ltd.
124- 42nd Ave SW--Macleod Tr & 42nd Ave SW (NW corner set back
a bit), Ph: (403) 299-5808
This little pharmacy provides lots of products which are free of
such things as fragrance, formaldehyde, paraffin waxes, lanolin,
etc.. They will sit down with you and talk about what has
worked and not worked for you, and give you samples of products
which they think will help. They will even mix up a concoction
for you if nothing they have has helped.
A Tasty Menu Restaurant - Calgary
Offers a 100 per cent gluten-free menu, with vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and egg-free options. Menu options at opening included pizza, nachos, breaded chicken tenders, cheesecake "lollipops", burgers, brownies and cheesebuns. Located at 4202-17th Ave SE, ph 403-235-0031.
Ice Cream Products
Includes nut-free, milk-free and sugar-free productsas well as regular items. Available in most major
grocery stores. Really good tasting. Love the chocolate and vanilla checkerboard ice cream!
Copper Pot Creations
This food service is "committed to producing healthy, convenient and creative meals to help people with food allergies and intolerances lead healthy and balanced lives. Our facility is dedicated to being 100% free of the most common food allergens in Canada- wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sesame, fish, shellfish and added sulphites."
One of the owners, who is a chef, has gluten intolerance and so is very familiar with food challenges.
Check the web site or call for details on the product menu, which is set but they are always adding to it.
Retail store: 11229- 30 Street SW in Cedarbrae Plaza
Store Hours- Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Phone (403) 585-4717
Customers can also order by phone or online - Free Calgary delivery
Lakeview Shopping Centre, 6449 Crowchild Trail SW, ph: 403-246-6127
Calgary's full-service bakery that provides a wide range of allergy
diet products. Catering to wheat-free, yeast-free and sugar-free
This bakery in NE Calgary (moved in March 2009) specializes in gluten-free baking, and
many of their products are wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, yeast-free,
etc. They also bake without additives or preservatives. Read their
web site info for peanut/nut information. They do special orders
(e.g., wedding cakes) and will ship by courier.
#316, 2066 - 18 Ave., N.E. ,
Gluten free bakery located at 122-3rd Ave West, Cochrane (NW of Calgary)
Driving directions: From the 1A highway, turn south on 3rd Ave. Drive 1-1/2 blocks - it's located on the left side of the road (small blue building with large front window).
Check their web site for current hours. Cash or cheque only.
1304 - 10 Ave SW, ph: 403-229-2383
202-61 Ave SW (across
from Chinook LRT station) ph: 403-541-0606
Large natural food store with health and laundry products, food products, alternative flours, etc.
bulk gelatin for baking gluten-free bread (cheaper than individual packets),
xanthum gum, etc.
These stores carry a variety of foods and "health" products. There are locations across Canada, including Calgary Alberta. In Calgary I find them to be more expensive than Community Health but they carry some unique things so well worth a trip. Two locations in Calgary - SW and NW.
Bakery and Nosh
(www.barelsbakery.com) NOTE: The web site is under reconstruction at this time due to their web site host going bust.
2515 - 90th Avenue SW, Calgary. Ph: 403-238-5300
Their products are kosher and are certified as nut-, dairy- and egg-free - the only one in Canada. Soups and salads
NOTE: This business is for sale for family reasons.
(www.kinnikinnick.com or www.goglutenfree.com)
They specialize in celiac requirements but also have other goodies
as well. They deliver throughout Canada and the States or in the
grocery store. Lots of celiac links on their web site.
Fat International Supermarket
This store is a large Asian supermarket located in the Forest Lawn
area which is one of Calgary's best kept secrets for international
foods. We buy our rice paper (for wraps, spring rolls), etc., rice flour and frozen
goodies with no wheat. We even found rice noodle instant soups.
Location: 3215 - 17 Ave SE a few blocks east of Deerfoot Trail on
the south side of 17th Avenue. It's in a strip mall with a big parking
lot out front.
Page last updated: December 20 2009