Welcome!

This is a place of information, support and hope for people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, sometimes known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Or ME/CFS for short. We also provide information on the related illnesses of Fibromyalgia (FM) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario (MEAO) is a volunteer-run organization that has been serving the community since 1991. We offer information and support to people living with the illnesses, as well as family members, physicians and other professionals, and the general public.

An estimated 1.4 million Canadians have ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia or Multiple-Chemical Sensitivities. 568,000 of those live in Ontario where we are based (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2010). ME/CFS affects people of both genders, all racial and ethnic backgrounds, all classes and all ages including children. Some of our members are newly diagnosed while many others have struggled with these illnesses for many years – many people with ME/CFS have had the illness for twenty years or more.

ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia often become permanent disabling illnesses. Yet funding for our illnesses is almost non-existent and the MEAO is actively working to secure the funds needed for diagnosis, treatment and community support.  Please help us by making an online donation through CanadaHelps; just click on their logo below and help us provide help to over 568,000 people living in Ontario.

We offer the following services, in addition to this website:

  • Call our Info Line: In Toronto, 416.222.8820; Toll-free across Ontario 1.877.632.6682
  • We produce brochures in four languages and we can tailor an info kit to your needs.
  • Check out our Events and News section for workshops you can attend.
  • Watch for community activities and workshops in our new office.
  • Become a Member and receive our quarterly newsletter.
  • We educate physicians, teachers, lawyers, employers and others.
  • We run public awareness campaigns and we advocate to improve services for all those living with ME/CFS, FM and MCS.



Latest News

The Culmination of Three Years of MEAO Work Available Now

Read these reports and pass them along. Educate yourself, your health providers and your colleagues.

Recognition, Inclusion and Equity – The Time is Now: Perspectives of Ontarians Living with ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM

On December 5th, 2013 at MEAO's Community Engagement Day, MEAO released its major new report, 'Recognition, Inclusion and Equity - The Time is Now: Perspectives of Ontarians Living with ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM.' Funded by grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, this report has been submitted to the Ministry as a major supporting document for a business case proposal to establish the 'Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health' - a network of new clinical, support, research, policy and education and outreach services for our community. We are pleased to make available both the full report and the shorter 'Highlights'.

Read the full Article

Download the report as a PDF

Full Version (6.6 MB)      |       Highlights Version (4 MB)


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All of Our Archived Newsletters are Now Available Online



Download Our Brochures

We have a new English brochure that will introduce you to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Fibromyalgia and Multiple-Chemical Sensitivities.  Click to download our new brochure.

Our original ME/CFS Brochure is also available in Portuguese, Chinese and French

Download Portuguese brochure
Obter a brochura em português sobre encefalomielite miálgica/síndroma da fadiga crónica

Download Chinese brochure

Download French brochure
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