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Special Awareness Days

We've collected a list of annual special awareness months, weeks and days recognized in Canada. You can also check out what's going on in your community by browsing our Event Listings.

If you know of an annual awareness program that is recognized provincially, federally or internationally, let us know. We'd be happy to add it to our calendar. 

May (Days)

May 1: Doctor's Day; Ontario; Canada Cares

May 3: World Press Freedom Day; International; UN

May 5: International Day of the Midwife; International; International Confederation of Midwives

May 5: World Pulmonary Hypertension Day; International; Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada

May 6: Belonging: National Day to End Bullying; National; Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Second Saturday: World Fair Trade Day; International; World Fair Trade Day

May 7: National Child & Youth Mental Health Day; National; FamilySmart

May 8: International Thalassaemia Day; International; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 8: World Red Cross Day; National; Canadian Red Cross Society

May 10: World Lupus Day; International; World Lupus Day

May 12: International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day; International; May 12 International Awareness Day

May 12: Canada Health Day; National; Canadian Healthcare Association

May 12: International Nurses Day; International; International Council of Nurses

May 15: International Day of Families; International; UN

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia; International; Fondation Emergence

May 18: International Museums Day; International; International Council of Museums

May 20: World Autoimmune Arthritis Day; International; World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development; International; UNESCO Canada

May 22-25: Aboriginal Awareness Week; National; Parks Canada

May 25: National Missing Children's Day; National; Missing Children Society of Canada

May 25: World MS Day; International; World MS Day

May 28: National Multiple Births Awareness Day; National; Multiple Births Canada

May 31: World No-Tobacco Day; International; WHO