We are a community organization dedicated to informing, supporting and helping individuals and their loved ones to live better with any form of arthritis

Our vision

Living in a world where people with all forms of arthritis will get the information and services they need to manage their condition, and improve their quality of life.

Our values

  • Respect
  • Mutual aid
  • Equality
  • Empathy
  • Transparency

South Shore

is the only organization on the South Shore that offers services and activities adapted to people with arthritis and their families. We serve in both official languages.

Our objectives

To promote the health of people with arthritis by providing coaching and support services such as workshops and fitness programs tailored to their health status and aimed at alleviating their condition, as well as offering arthritis self-management programs including training and toolkits, especially for seniors, to encourage their autonomy and improve their quality of life.

To promote health by providing people with arthritis and their families with access to counselling, information or group support programs, and by organizing activities to break down their isolation.

To educate and raise awareness about the lives of people living with arthritis through training, kiosks, newsletters, testimonials, awareness conferences and other public presentations to encourage people with arthritis symptoms to seek help and treatment.

Our activities and services

The activities and services offered are provided by volunteers.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the contribution of our partners, participation in all our activities is free for the time being.

To help us keep our costs as low as possible you can become a member, make a donation or become a volunteer. Thank you on our behalf and on behalf of all those who will benefit!

I'm taking charge of my arthritis

Improve self management of arthritis symptoms (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)


Flash Arthritis is published three times a year and contains news about the organization, testimonies and articles of interest.

Adapted fitness exercices

The pace and nature of the exercises are suitable for people with arthritis, but also for anyone who wants to maintain or regain their mobility and flexibility.

Group support

Monthly informal meeting to share about arthritis, inspire and be inspired, and learn from others.

Social activities

Monthly first Friday brunch at 11 a.m. At participants’ expense.

Workshops: Wellness and Spotlight on ...

Workshops aimed at deepening a topic related to arthritis. We also offer the workshops in collaboration with community organisations.


Lectures given by experts (rheumatologist, occupational therapist, kinesiologist, physiotherapist, etc.)

Information on arthritis

Facts and statistics

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Arthritis is the most prevalent chronic disease in Canada and there is no cure.
  • Arthritis affects people of all ages, from babies to adults, and once you have it, it’s for life.
  • Arthritis is a complex disease with over 100 different forms. Some of the main types of arthritis are inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and gout) and osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. Fibromyalgia is a disease with symptoms similar to arthritis.
  • Arthritis causes painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints, which restricts movement.
  • If left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent damage or changes in the joints.
  • A significant proportion of people with arthritis struggle with being overweight or obese and being sedentary, which puts additional pressure on their joints.
  • Some types of arthritis can affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and even the skin.
  • A significant proportion of people with arthritis also have other serious diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Source: The truth about arthritis

Arthritis can have devastating effects on people's lives
  • A significant proportion of people living with arthritis report difficulty with everyday activities, such as housework and shopping, and need help with certain aspects of their lives.
  • People with arthritis are more likely than those without arthritis to experience anxiety, mood disorders, poor mental health and difficulty sleeping.
  • People with arthritis are less likely to be in the labour force than people without arthritis.
  • There is – for the time being – no cure for the disease. Therefore, once diagnosed, people face the challenges and devastating effects of arthritis for the rest of their lives.

Source: The truth about arthritis

Today, 6 million Canadians have arthritis, or 1 in 5 people.
  • Of Canadians over the age of 15, nearly 20% have arthritis, or 1 in 5.
  • Up to 24,000 children have arthritis.
  • More women than men have arthritis.
  • Women account for almost 60% of people with arthritis.
  • In Canada, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men live with arthritis.
  • Although arthritis can affect people of all ages, the risk increases as you get older.
  • Almost half of all people over 65 have arthritis.
  • People of working age are affected by arthritis.
  • More than half of the people with arthritis are under 65 years of age.

Source: The truth about arthritis

The prevalence of arthritis is on the rise: by 2040, the proportion of people with arthritis will increase by 50%.
  • People with arthritis will represent about 24% of the general population; that is 1 in 4 people.
  • Almost 60% of women over 65 will have arthritis.
  • These increases will place an additional burden on health care resources.

Source: The truth about arthritis

The essential partners of Arthritis South Shore

Quebec Division

The CISSS de la


%22I feel very fortunate that your organization offers us adapted fitness exercises. It’s wonderful, it motivates me and it makes me feel good. I have pain in my left knee and lower back. You have allowed me to do appropriate exercise for my limitations. My limitations cause me problems walking and climbing stairs. I have no strength in my left leg. I can’t dance, ride a bike, go for a walk for too long. Every day I have pain in either my knee or my lower back or both. The exercises proposed are so good for me. And to do it in a group at a specific time is very motivating. I do them once or twice a week. I have started to feel the effects in my left leg. Thank you so much for this programme which is presented to me by video conference. Very generous of you. I am delighted, I am telling everyone about it. %22
Jocelyne Péladeau

%22I am a senior citizen over 65 years old. I have participated in the weekly online exercise programme which I have really enjoyed. Not only am I getting fitter, but the classes have also helped me break my isolation as I cannot attend classes outside my home. %22
Mary Albert

%22Friends had told me about the adapted fitness exercises offered by Arthritis South Shore. Even though I don’t suffer from arthritis, I find that the content of the exercise sessions is particularly well suited to my situation as a sedentary and slightly overweight person. The pace suits me perfectly and I am never asked to %22push myself%22. My limits are respected, and within those limits I improve every week.%22
Doris Boucher, Brossard

%22I recommend Arthritis South Shore for so many reasons….first of all, the warm welcome, the attentiveness and respect of the members and volunteers, the fitness adapted exercises, the conferences given by health professionals on very interesting subjects concerning all forms of arthritis, and the group support meetings where we discuss our experiences. At ARS you will find people who care about the well-being of others. It’s worth it to give yourself the gift of discovering this organization, getting the tools and information you need to live better with the crippling disease of arthritis.
Johanne Fortier, Brossard

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Our postal address

5811 av Auteuil
Brossard, Qc J4Z 1M9

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