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OR ask your respiratory specialist or your family health care provider or contact your local lung association.

Most pulmonary rehabilitation programs follow the same plan with two to three sessions every week for about 12 weeks, including:

One hour of classes on topics about lung disease. Classes include topics such as:

  • Lung disease
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Ways to control shortness of breath
  • Home exercise programs

One hour of supervised exercise, including stretching exercises, aerobic exercise on a treadmill / stationary bicycle and strength training

To join a pulmonary rehabilitation program, you will probably need:

  • A referral/prescription from your doctor
  • A recent pulmonary function test (PFT)
  • An electrocardiogram (heart function test)
  • An exercise test
  • A medical history
  • A physical examination

Most of these tests will be done as part of your PF diagnosis and can be provided by your respiratory specialist.

Respiplus is a Free Online, one-on-one PF exercise program

Living Well with Pulmonary Fibrosis by Respiplus offers a free series of education modules and learning tools that will help you learn skills to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. The program was designed for you to choose your own priorities and objectives, and to go through the content at your own pace.

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Your PF Toolkit


John Dennis is a man on a mission! He plans to ride 700KM on his electric bike around P.E.I.’s The Island Trail starting to raise awareness, hope, and funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis through his “I Ride For You & Me” campaign.

Support Groups

Connect with others in your community who are living similar journeys in a caring environment where people help one another through difficult times, celebrate wins, share practical tips, coping strategies, and more.


Join Tracey Reed, registered dietitian, on Sept 7th as she shares anti-inflammatory diet tips and explains how the right foods can reduce the impact of pulmonary fibrosis symptoms.

Patient Guide

Get patient-to-patient advice on how to manage and advocate for care for those living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Take charge of your own health care and find out what questions need to be asked and answered.


Naomi Matsushita of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has interstitial pneumonia, one of the 200 types of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), as well as anti-synthetase syndrome, an auto-immune condition. This is her story.


Take action today and help patients with any chronic fibrosing interstitial lung disease obtain coverage for nintedanib (Ofev). Right now, only those with IPF are reimbursed.  

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What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a family of more than 200 interstitial lung disease (ILDs) that cause inflammation and/or scarring of the lungs.

About 30,000 Canadians live with PF. Approximately half of this group of people have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), meaning the cause is uncertain or unknown.

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More on What is Pulmonary Fibrosis

CPFF Presents Documentary

CPFF Documentary – Breathless for Change

This documentary explores the courage and resilience of people living with PF and uncovers the barriers to accessing equitable healthcare for treatment and disease management.

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