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When is Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Canadian Patient Safety Week will be celebrated October 28 – November 1, 2019.

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 2019 is Conquer Silence, prompting patients and healthcare professionals to share their patient safety stories and advice for reducing harm at (after Oct 21).

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 and a new episode 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, and resources available to help you during the week and throughout the year. You can also sign up for a package of promotional materials to help celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week.  

What is included in the CPSW package?

CPSW packages 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, and webinars. CPSW packages also provide information on how you can order free promotional materials from the CPSW Online Store (shipping not included). 

When will CPSW packages be sent out?

Digital packages will be sent out starting in September. Promotional materials from the CPSW online store will be available starting in early September.

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

No! The 2019 CPSW packages are available for FREE, charging only shipping costs! Be sure to register and order yours ASAP, before they are gone. These packages will continue to be filled with high quality materials that you need to host an effective and fun campaign. The materials will be conversation starters, and patients and providers will be living the CPSW mantra #ConquerSilence. 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.

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 5 Questions to Ask About Your Medications resources, Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) resources, Conquer Silence podcast, webinars, tips sheets, and much more.

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

All digital items will be available in the Tools & Resources area.

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

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 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.

I've seen that some organizations have endorsed Canadian Patient Safety Week. What does it mean to endorse?

You can become a national or international endorser of the campaign. Your organization can join the over 100+ organizations that have already endorsed the campaign!  Don't miss out on this opportunity! We request that all endorsers must register to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week at