Recovery Day was first celebrated in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria, BC on September 30th, 2012 as a public display of the freedom from addiction. Since then, the movement has spread throughout Canada, encompassing communities large and small, from East to West. We come together in the month of September to build awareness, challenge societal stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of millions of Canadians.



Now in its Sixth year, these events across the country bring communities together.  Cities will host a variety of different events such as community fairs with exhibits from local service providers and mutual support groups and musical entertainment. Others will highlight various forms of performing and creative arts found in the recovery community. Others will host breakfasts, BBQs, and luncheons. Invited guests may include local politicians, government officials, professionals and personalities who come forward to offer their stories of recovery and/or support. Many communities reach out to their local government to have the day of their event declared an official “Recovery Day”in their city. Each community has a unique approach but  we stand united together in our message of hope.











It is the message of hope that defines us. All of our events give an opportunity for individuals in recovery, their families, friends and allies, to come forward and share publicly about the gifts recovery has brought to our lives. Together, through our stories, we demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.


How can you help? There are many ways to get involved:

  • Check out our CITIES section to see if your city is listed, and contact the local committee to get involved. If not, rally your local community to host an event.

  • Contact your local government to declare a day in September Recovery Day in your community.

  • Spread our message to everyone you meet: through email, letter-writing, social media, and word of mouth.

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Original website developed by Philippe Cartel.
Second generation developed by Jason Miller.