​National Health Ethics Week will take place in November 2021. Stay tuned for details!


An event that is in rapid expansion, the annual National Health Ethics Week is a time Canadian health institutions, schools and universities, research and clinical ethics committees, healthcare professionals, community organizations, businesses, and members of the general public set aside to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics that affect Canadians.


The goal of National Health Ethics Week is specifically to:

  • Encourage the planning and organising of events across the country to raise awareness and promote dialogue about healthcare and research ethics issues facing our communities;

  • Facilitate networking between individuals interested in clinical and research ethics;

  • Provide greater visibility for the services offered by the Canadian research and clinical ethics community, including research ethics boards and clinical ethics committees;

  • Offer an opportunity for Canadians to get engaged in discussions that have important policy-making implications in the health arena.


By taking part in the National Health Ethics Week, you are showing a commitment to ethical decision-making and will be helping to open lines of communication with others in your community. We are pleased that you will be joining us for Canada’s next National Health Ethics Week!


How Do I Participate?

All organizations, groups, and individuals who are interested in health ethics are invited to participate. The aim is to get Canadians thinking and talking about a variety of health ethics issues that is of interest or importance to their community – be creative! 


Involvement in National Health Ethics Week is encouraged at a level relevant to and comfortable for you and your organisation/group.


Examples of levels of participation:

  • Advertise the initiative by displaying a National Health Ethics Week poster in your workplace;

  • Distribute print materials;

  • Attend an event in your area or via live streaming;

  • Host a presentation;

  • Facilitate a lunchtime discussion group;

  • Organise a half-day workshop.


You are best able to decide where to focus your energies for maximum benefit to your community.



If you or your organization plans to host events for National Health Ethics Week, then please fill out the registration form. The information will be posted on the CBS regional calendars in order to increase awareness. If your event will be live streamed and is open to the public, please provide the required information to log in.​​























What Resources Are Available?

Upon informing us of their events, participating organizations will receive:

  • Electronic poster template that can be easily printed in order to publicize National Health Ethics Week and your local events;

  • Event publicity, including access to the National Health Ethics Week Event Listing on the Canadian Bioethics Society website;

  • If needed, assistance with locating health ethics and event planning resources.


Here are some tips for your NHEW. 


Who Should Participate?

All Canadian organisations/groups with an interest in health and healthcare are encouraged to participate by hosting an activity exploring a health ethics issue. Because of each group's unique association with the health system, everyone will have an important contribution to make and experience to share.


This includes: 

  • Child and family service groups 

  • Churches and religious organisations 

  • Community-based health organisations/groups 

  • Environmental organisations 

  • Healthcare institutions 

  • Health ethics committees  

  • Health professional associations 

  • Health-related businesses and corporations 

  • Members of the public 

  • Mental health agencies 

  • Post-secondary institutions and schools 

  • Regional health authorities and provincial boards 

  • Research ethics boards

  • Social justice groups


For More Information

For more information about National Health Ethics Week, please contact us by emailing canadianbioethicssociety@gmail.com.