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When is Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Canadian Patient Safety Week 2021 will be celebrated October 25-29, 2021.  

What is Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Canadian Patient Safety Week is a national annual campaign started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. Working together, thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, and families help spread the message to Conquer Silence. Healthcare facilities and health organizations across Canada participate in the week by holding events and activities to increase awareness of patient safety in their local area.

Who is Canadian Patient Safety Week for?

Canadian Patient Safety Week is for everyone involved in the delivery of healthcare in Canada as well as those receiving care, including healthcare professionals and future healthcare professionals, decision makers, patients, residents, clients, and their families.

What is the theme for Canadian Patient Safety Week?

The theme for Canadian Patient Safety Week has not been determined yet. We will announce the theme once it has been determined.  

During Canadian Patient Safety Week, information about best practices in patient safety are shared with healthcare professionals, patients and their families across Canada.

Much of the promotion of Canadian Patient Safety Week takes place digitally and on social media. Activities include, a conquer silence  webinar, three new episodes of our award winning PATIENT podcast unveiled during CPSW itself. 

Why do we need Canadian Patient Safety Week?

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute believes that every patient experience should be safe. Canadian Patient Safety Week encourages everyone to ask, listen, and talk and raise awareness of patient safety issues and solutions.

Where can I find information about Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Information about Canadian Patient Safety Week is available at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have a specific question, please feel free to email

Join the conversation and tweet #ConquerSilence

Why should I register for Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Once you register, you will be added to our email distribution list so you can get updates on the latest news, tools, communications tool kits, and resources available to help you during the week and throughout the year. You can also download promotional materials to help celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week. Promotional materials are free for registrants.

What is included in the CPSW virtual package? CPSW materials are digital, and they include a communications toolkit to help you spread the message to Conquer Silence and run CPSW events (social media messages, graphics and illustrations, printable posters, etc.). Plus they include information on CPSW resources like our award winning PATIENT podcasts, patient and provider videos, and two webinars.

When will CPSW packages be available?

Digital packages will be available starting in late-September.

Is there a cost associated with registering for Canadian Patient Safety Week?

No! Registration for CPSW and the electronic packages are available for FREE! The materials will be conversation starters, and patients and providers will be living the CPSW mantra Conquer Silence. You'll be proud to display and share the contents with your organization. It is up to you what activities and events you plan to do in your organization, facility, or community, giving you control over the costs.

What tools and resources will be available to help us plan for the week?

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute will provide several tools and resources on our website, including a Patient and Public Virtual Care Checklist and Web Infographic, plus a Web Infographic for Healthcare Providers on Website Manner, Virtual Care Webinar and a Webinar on the Canadian Quality and Patient Safety framework, and much more.

Where can I get promotional items for Canadian Patient Safety Week?

We are providing virtual materials only this year. We won't be providing physical packages, because of infection prevention and control risks.

What can I do to make CPSW a success in my organization?

Start planning today! There are plenty of ideas here, of how you can get involved and celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week.

There are several things you can do as an individual or as part of an organization for Canadian Patient Safety Week. Have a display on patient safety at your site, hold brown-bag lunch sessions, or simply encourage your colleagues, patients, residents, or clients and their families to ask questions, listen to the answers, and talk about concerns.

For more ideas, visit

Are there any requirements of our organization if we sign up for Canadian Patient Safety Week?

No. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute does not require you to report back on your involvement in Canadian Patient Safety Week. We do encourage you to share information about what you are planning for the week and to share your successes, including pictures of your displays, events, and activities, by emailing, or tweet what you are doing using the hashtags #conquersilence. Your great ideas are worth sharing!

In November, you will be sent an invitation to participate in a survey to provide feedback on this year's event. We do encourage you to take the time to fill out the survey. We welcome input and feedback and we do work with this data when planning the following year's event.