2017 Calendar of National Days of Social Justice Action and International Solidarity

27 January: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

28 January: Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster


February: Black History Month

4 February: World Cancer Day

6 February: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

13 February: Family Day, British Columbia

14 February: Annual Women's Memorial March

14 February: Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

15 February: National Flag of Canada Day

20 February: Family Day - Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia (Heritage Day), Saskatchewan, Ontario, and PEI (Islander Day) 

20 February: World Day of Social Justice

21 February: International Mother Language Day

24 February: Yukon Heritage Day

28 February: Repetitive Strain Injury Day, or RSI Day


6 March: IMPACT Webinar Series - Talking Back (Part II)

8 March: International Women’s Day

17-19 March: Manitoba NDP Convention, Winnipeg

20 March: International Day of Francophonie/French Language Day

21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21-22 March: UFCW Canada National Council Workplace Rights Committee, Toronto

21-22 March: UFCW Canada National Council HRED Committee, Toronto

22 March: UFCW Canada National Council Political Action Committee, Toronto

23-24 March: UFCW Canada National Council Women's Advisory Committee, Toronto

22 March: World Water Day

24 March: International Day for the Right to Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Dignity of Victims

25 March: International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

27 March: IMPACT Webinar Series - More diverse than ever: building an inclusive labour movement.


1-7 April: Global Asbestos Awareness Week

2 April: World Autism Awareness Day

3-7 April: UFCW Organizing course for Women Activists, Toronto

4 April: Refugee Rights Day (anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision)

5-7 April: Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Ottawa

7 April: World Health Day

10 April: IMPACT Webinar Series - Green is happening: getting the environmental message out.

12 April: International Day of Pink

19 April: Equal Pay Day

21-23 April: Ontario NDP Convention, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

22 April: Earth Day

24 April: 4th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh

25 April: IMPACT Webinar Series - Speak Truth to Power: A feminist approach to work.

25-26 April: UFCW Canada National Council, Calgary

27-30 April: Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) Convention, Calgary

28 April: National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job; World Day for Safety and Health at Work


May: Asian/South Asian Heritage Month

1 May: International Workers' Day (May Day)

3 May: World Press Freedom Day

5-7 May: CALM Annual Conference, Ramada Plaza, Toronto

8-12 May: CLC Convention, Toronto

8 May: Deadline for UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship

9 May: British Columbia Election Day

11 May: The Loblaw and related companies group meeting, Toronto

14-19 May: Youth Internship Program (YIP) – Atlantic Region, Moncton, New Brunswick

15 May: International Day of Families

17 May: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO)

21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

26-29 May: New Brunswick Federation of Labour Convention, Moncton


June: National Aboriginal History Month

June: PRIDE Events

1 June: Ontario Injured Workers Day

1 June: Global Day of Parents  

1-2 June: Saskatchewan Provincial Council, Saskatoon

4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 June: World Environment Day

11 June: National Day of Reconciliation

11-16 June: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Ontario, Nottawasaga Inn, Barrie

12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

15 June: UFCW Canada Golf Tournament to benefit leukemia research, Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre, Brampton, ON

16 June: UFCW Canada gala evening to benefit leukemia research, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto

20 June: World Refugee Day

21 June: National Aboriginal Day

24 June: St Jean Baptiste Day (QC only)

26 June: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

27 June: Multiculturalism Day (Government of Canada www.pch.gc.ca)


1 July: Canada Day

10-12 July: UFCW Canada Annual National Defence Fund (NDF) Convention, Quebec City

16-21 July: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Prairies, Lakeview resort, Gimli, Manitoba

18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day 


4 August: International Beer Day

9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 August: International Youth Day

13-18 August: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Western Region, Harrison, British Columbia

19 August: World Humanitarian Day

19-20 August: Community Day & Pride Parade, Montreal

29-31 August: UFCW National Council Convention, Montreal

28 August: UFCW Canada National Council, Montreal


4 September: Canada Labour Day

8 September: International Literacy Day

12-13 September: Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL) – Women’s Biennale, Laval, Quebec

15 September: International Day of Democracy

21 September: The Loblaw and related companies group meeting, Winnipeg

21 September: International Day of Peace

30 September: UFCW Light the Night Walk for Leukemia fundraising, Parc de l'Esplanade, Quebec City

30 September: Deadline for UFCW Canada Beggs-Dowling-Mathieu Scholarships applications

TBD September: Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour Convention, Charlottetown


October: Women’s History Month

1 October: International Day of Older Persons

2 October: International Day of Non-Violence

4 October: Sisters in Spirit Vigil – Annual day of observance to honour the lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls

5 October: World Teachers’ Day

10 October: World Mental Health Day

14 October: UFCW Local 500 – Light the Night Walk for Leukemia fundraising, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

16 October: World Food Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

24 October: United Nations Day

25-28 October: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention, Saskatoon


5-8 November: Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Convention, Halifax

11 November: Remembrance Day

14 November: World Diabetes Day

14 November: UFCW Canada National Council Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, Toronto

14-15 November: UFCW Canada National Council HRED Committee, Toronto

15 November: UFCW Canada National Council Young Workers Committee, Toronto

16-17 November: UFCW Canada National Council Workplace Rights Committee, Toronto

16-17 November: UFCW Canada National Council Women and Gender Equity, Toronto

16 November: International Day for Tolerance

19-24 November: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention, Toronto

20 November: Universal Children’s Day

22 November: National Housing Day

25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November –10 December: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

TBD November: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Policy Conference, St. John’s


1 December: World AIDS Day

2 December: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

5 December: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

6 December: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

10 December: Human Rights Day

18 December: International Migrants Day

20 December: International Human Solidarity Day

24 December: Remember Injured/Killed Workers, Ontario

31 December: Deadline for UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarship