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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. 

October (Days)

October 1: International Day for Older Persons; International; UN

October 1: International Music Day; International; International Music Council

October 1: National Safe Communities Day; National; Parachute

October 2: Wrongful Conviction Day; International; Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC)

First Monday: World Habitat Day; International; UN

First Wednesday: World Cerebral Palsy Day; International; United Cerbral Palsy

October 4: World Animal Day; International; World Animal Day

October 5: International World Teacher's Day; International; UN

October 6: World Cerebral Palsy Day; International; Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta

October 7: Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day; International; Team Margot

October 8: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day; International; World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

October 10: World Mental Health Day; International; World Health Organization

October 11: World Sight Day; International; SEVA Canada

Second Wednesday: International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction; International; UN

October 15: International Idic15 Awareness Day; Idic15 Canada

October 16: World Food Day; International; UN

October 16: Boss' Day; International; Boss' Day

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; International; UN

October 18: Persons Day; National; Status of Women Canada

October 18: World Menopause Day; International; International Menopause Society

October 24: United Nations Day and World Development Information Day; International; UN

October 29: Rett Syndrome Awareness Day; National; Ontario Rett Syndrome Association