The Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF) was born at a support group picnic in Toronto, in the summer of 2008. Two parents of children with alopecia areata decided they wanted to establish a Canadian alopecia-oriented charitable organization, that was able to provide a full range of representation and services. The first meeting of the CANAAF Board of Directors (BOD) took place less than a year later, in March of 2009.
In 2012, CANAAF expanded its Board of Directors to include the first members from outside the GTA. From 2011 to 2012, the BOD also expanded from six to ten members. British Columbia, Alberta, and Northern Ontario joined the GTA in representing the Canadian community, and a support group leader stepped forward from Nova Scotia in 2013. 2013 also saw awareness events in Ottawa and Kingston, and interest expressed from Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Sudbury.