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#ActOnEndo Advocacy Toolkit

Now is the time to ask our Members of Parliament (MP) to #ActOnEndo. Your experiences, insights and ideas are important to your Member of Parliament and can help the one million people in Canada who live with endometriosis. This non-partisan toolkit is designed to make your voice heard in 3 easy steps.

1. Find your Member of Parliament’s contact information

Look up your MP on the House of Commons website. On the website, you can easily find their email and postal address. 

​2. Write to your Member of Parliament an email or letter

Writing to your MP is an easy and effective way to make your concerns about endometriosis heard and highlight the areas where you want to see action. When you send an email or letter to your MP, you create an important link between your issue and decision makers. Don’t underestimate the power that your voice has in making positive changes in Canada!

MPs have the resources to bring your issue to the forefront of government. These resources include presenting petitions, making statements in the House of Commons on endometriosis, and asking the Prime Minister or Ministers of Cabinet questions related to endometriosis policy during the daily Question Period. MPs can also shape legislation that supports endometriosis. 

So, write to your MP to let them know that you support a Canadian action plan on endometriosis and to ask for their leadership on this issue. 

We suggest email, but if you prefer mail you can send mail to any MP postage-free. Also, make sure you include your address so that your Member of Parliament knows you live in their electoral district. 

  • Copy and customise this template email/letter (Download Word Document, Open Google Doc)
  • Review this Guide to a Successful Meeting if you request a meeting with your MP (Download PDF)
  • Give your MP these background materials if you want (Download PowerPoint, PDF)

3. Add your MP to the tracking list

There are 338 MPs in the House of Commons and each of them can #ActOnEndo. By adding your MP to the list, you can help keep track of which elected officials know about endometriosis and have been called on to act. 

Bonus – Tag your Member of Parliament on social media

Most Members of Parliament use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. You can use these graphics and posts to ask them to #ActOnEndo, or create your own post using the hashtag. 

Graphics

If you have a logo, please feel free to add it to these graphics.

  • “The cost of endometriosis in Canada is $1.8 billion per year” (Download Graphic)
  • “We are calling on Members of Parliament to champion a national action plan that supports 1 million people with endometriosis in Canada to thrive.” (Download Graphic)
  • “We deserve adequate care.” (Download Graphic)
  • “I contacted my MP about endometriosis” (Download Graphic)

Posts

  • People living with #endometriosis are experts in the gaps and barriers to endometriosis diagnosis and treatment in Canada. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by consulting with the endometriosis community to codevelop an action plan on endometriosis. #cdnpoli
  • The Australian federal government launched a National Action Plan for #Endometriosis in 2018. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to follow the example set by our peer nations and #ActOnEndo in Canada. #cdnpoli 
  • People in Canada wait 5-11 years for an #endometriosis diagnosis and up to 2 more years for specialised care. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by championing an action plan that provides funding to improve endometriosis care in Canada. #cdnpoli
  • Young people with #endometriosis symptoms are 10x as likely to miss school. Adults with endometriosis lose 10+ work hrs weekly. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by championing an action plan that supports people with endometriosis to thrive. #cdnpoli
  • People with #endometriosis wait years for diagnosis because we treat menstrual health as taboo and normalise severe menstrual pain. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by championing an action plan that destigmatises and prioritises gendered symptoms. #cdnpoli
  • Awareness of #endometriosis is low among Canadians and their health care providers. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by championing the development of an action plan that meets the urgent need for professional and public education. #cdnpoli
  • There is no definitive cause or known cure for #endometriosis. We are calling on [Members of Parliament or tag your MP here] to #ActOnEndo by championing an action plan that increases funding for endometriosis research focused on patient-identified priorities and patient-important outcomes. #cdnpoli