How you can support people with food allergies

If you are not personally impacted by food allergies, why be aware of them in the first place?

Food allergies are serious business. They impact over 2.6 million Canadians, with half a million of those people being children. As there is no cure for food allergies, avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction from occurring.

Those who don’t have food allergies can help by understanding the condition and doing their part to create a safe environment to prevent serious reactions from occurring. How?



  • Learn our top food allergy do’s and don’ts about avoiding cross-contamination, reading labels, and what happens when someone has a reaction. Print this tip sheet in PDF format. Share these tips with others!



  • Check out our video shorts that illustrate some of the top food allergy do’s and don’ts in a fun and visual way! If you like these videos, please share them!

1. Celebrate safely: Food allergies are serious business. Why not celebrate safely by offering non-food treats.




2. Cleaning your hands: Learn how to properly remove allergens from your hands.




3. Double dipping: Make sure you use different utensils when making food that may contain an allergen.




4. No picking: Don’t pick an allergen from food and serve it to someone with that food allergy.




  • Take the free, 30-minute online course, Anaphylaxis in the Community from AllergyAware.ca– where you can learn the basics of anaphylaxis, ways to reduce risks, and the recommended emergency treatment. This interactive course includes videos and quizzes, making it fun and easy to learn.


  • Sign-up to receive our emails to keep updated on important allergy-related news that may impact your family, friends, colleagues, and others.


  • Did you know that May is officially declared as Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada, and there are activities happening all month long to help increase awareness? Read about Food Allergy Awareness Month and how you can participate.



Thank you for supporting the food allergy community. By becoming more aware about food allergies, you are helping to transform the lives of those living with them.